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Suspect found in thicket
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A fugitive’s run from the law ended thanks to a dog’s nose Wednesday afternoon when deputies tracked down a suspect in Centertown following a high-speed chase.
The suspect, Travis Hale, 19, bolted from his vehicle after crashing into a bean field on West Green Hill Road in Centertown.
“He was running because he was driving on a canceled license,” said sheriff’s chief investigator Marc Martin, who was among several lawmen who participated in the manhunt.
The chase began after deputies tried to pull over Hale’s vehicle for a moving violation. The chase then ensued through the Centertown area until Hale rolled into a bean field and ran from his vehicle, leaving his passengers behind.
“The passengers didn’t know why he was running,” Martin said, noting the canceled license charge is not even generally a jailable offense. “Now he’s charged with evading arrest, reckless endangerment, and vandalism, along with driving on a canceled license.”
A customer at Centertown’s Dollar General pointed deputies in the direction of a thicket that runs between the store and a cemetery just off Nashville Highway, saying the suspect was seen running in that direction. Deputies quickly surrounded the field and called in the department’s canine unit. The dog, Rylie, was then led through the area and quickly picked up on Hale, finding him within a couple of minutes as he was hiding in a briar thicket.
“It didn’t take the dog hardly any time,” Martin said, noting Hale’s passengers were not charged.