Robbery suspect in custody after high-speed chase

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A robbery suspect is in custody Thursday morning after leading authorities on a high-speed chase.

Before entering the rural Rutherford County pharmacy, police said Darrell Lambert told two pedestrians in the area to leave. They immediately called 911.

Once inside the drug store, Lambert fired a single shot, which struck the ceiling. He also cleaned out the pharmacy of all of their painkillers, including OxyContin.

Authorities attempted to take Lambert into custody when a high-speed pursuit ensued.

Speeds reached 85 miles-per-hour before Lambert was taken into custody after he ran his vehicle through a yard on Rockdale Fellowship Road, near the Rutherford-Wilson County line.

“Anytime we have a pursuit it’s dangerous. If it gets to a point where we think the public is in danger that’s when we pull back,” Sheriff Robert Arnold said.

Lambert faces multiple charges. Arnold said he has been arrested nearly two dozen times.

“Clearly he doesn’t like to follow the law. He’s 33 years old and been in jail 23 times,” Sheriff Arnold said.

Lambert’s previous arrests stem from drug charges, aggravated robbery, driving without a license, theft and aggravated assault, among others.

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