High-speed pursuits end in crashes in Maury County

High-speed pursuits end in crashes in Maury County (Image 1)
High-speed pursuits end in crashes in Maury County (Image 1)

Officials with the Maury County Sheriff’s Department were involved in two separate high-speed pursuits in one day, both ending in crashes.

The first chase occurred around 6:50 a.m. Sunday morning and involved two teenage boys driving a Ford Mustang.

According to authorities, the driver was clocked going nearly 90 miles per hour on Highway 412.

When authorities attempted to stop the young driver, he sped up. The pursuit lasted several miles and the driver exceeded 100 miles per hour.

The incident was captured on video by a camera inside the officer’s vehicle.

The chase ended when the boy slammed into utility pole. The driver was taken to jail. Investigators said alcohol was involved. The teen was charged with DUI.

The boys were checked out by medical personnel but they had no serious injuries.

The second pursuit occurred around 4 p.m. Sunday and involved a motorcycle driven by Matthew Anderson, 19, of Columbia.

According to authorities, Anderson was spotted a couple of times over the weekend driving recklessly but officers were not able to catch up to him until Sunday afternoon.

As authorities attempted to stop Anderson, he took off, reaching speeds of close to 100 miles per hour through residential areas. Police said he accelerated into oncoming vehicles to clear traffic and evade the officer.

At one point, Anderson came close to three small children who were standing nearby, according to the report.

Eventually, Anderson lost control and crashed his motorcycle.

He then fled on foot behind some homes. He surrendered after officers drew their weapons.

Anderson was checked out by paramedics but didn’t appear to have any serious injuries.

He faces numerous charges including driving on a revoked license, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and felony evading charges.

He was booked in the Maury County jail.

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