2 in custody after baby found in SUV after high-speed pursuit

Wallace Duncan and Tanova Ewing (Courtesy: Williamson County Sheriff's Office)

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn.  (WKRN) – Two people are now in custody after a baby was found in the back of an SUV after a high-speed pursuit spanned two counties Thursday.

The pursuit initially began in Lewisburg after Wallace Duncan and Tanova Ewing attempted to flee from Marshall County authorities.

Williamson County deputies joined the pursuit around 12:30 p.m. on Interstate 65 after a deputy spotted the vehicle. The pursuit, which reached speeds of 90 mph, ended about 30 minutes later at Arno Road and South Carothers Parkway after authorities deployed spike strips.

The SUV rolled to a stop in a ditch. No injuries were reported.

The 9-month-old infant, along with money and drugs, were discovered in the crashed car. Neither agency knew the baby was in the vehicle until the pursuit ended.

The child, who was strapped in a car seat at the time, was taken to a hospital as a precaution. He does not belong to either Duncan or Ewing so the Department of Children’s Services is looking into the case. In the meantime, the baby is safe and is now staying with family.

At the time of his arrest, Duncan, 39, was wanted on aggravated robbery and kidnapping charges in Sullivan County. He now faces three counts of felony drug charges and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is set at $155,000

Ewing has been charged with speeding, failure to exercise due care, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, evading arrest, reckless endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia and three felony drug counts.

The suspects are due in General Sessions Court on Sept. 22 at 1 p.m.

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