THP investigating 3-vehicle crash following Portland police pursuit

Photo: WKRN

SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man has been charged after a domestic dispute turned into a high-speed chase before ending in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday.

Police said the incident initially began around 6:40 a.m. in Portland when an off-duty police officer spotted a man, now identified as David Stancil, and a woman arguing in the road.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

The 20-year-old victim was reportedly in distress and Stancil was allegedly following her in a vehicle.

When the officer attempted to make contact with Stancil, 20, he fled in the car with the woman inside.

A pursuit began and continued until just after 8 a.m. when Stancil was involved in a three-car accident on Highway 31 and Kansas Lane, north of Gallatin.

According to a release, Stancil sideswiped a 2007 Nissan Altima before hitting a 2009 Mercury Mariner twice.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

Stancil’s vehicle came to a rest in a fence, while the Altima came to a stop on the shoulder of the road.

The third vehicle came to a final rest off the highway facing north.

Four people were injured in the crash. Stancil and the alleged victim were both airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville with serious injuries.

The road was closed to drivers for several hours as crews worked to clear the scene.

Stancil is charged with felony evading by motor vehicle and six-counts of felony reckless endangering the public.

The investigation is ongoing.

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