A Manchester man has been bound to the grand jury on felony endangerment charges after he led police on a high-speed chase and slammed his vehicle into an innocent motorist.
The fugitive, Jimmy Ray Wise Jr., 27, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Special Judge Larry Ross in General Sessions Traffic Court and was bound to the grand jury on charges of felony reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving on a revoked license.
Wise is charged after leading lawmen on a chase through two counties. The pursuit began in his home Coffee County and continued into Warren County and through McMinnville onto Beersheba Street.
“While the vehicle was being pursued, it left the roadway and crossed the property of Dollar General Store,” said McMinnville policeman Brian Holt. “It exited the Dollar General property and struck a 2000 Chevy Blazer.”
The Blazer was occupied by two men, both of who escaped serious injury. They had been stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of Twin Oaks and Highway 8, waiting to pull out when they were struck by the out-of-control GMC Jimmy driven by Wise.
After impact, Wise continued and sped out of the city limits. He was later taken into custody in Coffee County.