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Pedestrians nearly hit during police chase
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A man who nearly ran over five pedestrians while fleeing police has been bound to the grand jury on reckless endangerment charges.
The driver, Jason O. Ward, 28, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke and was bound to the grand jury on five counts of reckless endangerment along with single counts of evading arrest and driving on a revoked license.
Ward was charged after McMinnville policeman Aaron Roberts fell in behind his 1993 Jeep. Roberts noticed the driver was not wearing a seatbelt as is required by state law.
“He saw me turn around and accelerated,” Roberts noted, saying Ward’s move to elude the routine traffic stop prompted him to turn on his blue lights and go after the fleeing suspect.
Moments later, Ward reportedly blew through a stop sign and then came upon five pedestrians beside the street.
“He went by five people standing alongside the road almost hitting them,” Roberts recalled. The officer said Ward then pulled behind a house on Rebel Hill Street. “He ran inside the home.”
Roberts said after he arrested the suspect, it was found he has a history of breaking the law dating back to 2009. This includes prior convictions for DUI and driving on a revoked license in both Warren and Coffee counties.