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Mon, Jul 28, 2014

Three-county police chase ends with attempted murder charge

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A failed traffic stop on State Route 64 led to a three-county police chase Saturday, finally ending at State Route 840 near Interstate 24 and an attempted murder charge for the driver, officials at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol tried to pull over driver Tony Youngblood of Bedford County on State Route 64 between Wartrace and Shelbyville, but he refused, instead leading to Interstate 24 at the Beechgrove exit.

Youngblood and two female passengers were apprehended and taken into custody by Bedford County deputies who initiated the pursuit with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Coffee County deputies were also involved in the chase.

RCSO Sgt. Lee Young escaped injury when a suspect fired the 20-gauge shotgun at him while trying to stop the driver near Murfreesboro, said Capt. Jason Mathis of the Special Enforcement Bureau. Young stopped the vehicle after it caught on fire.

Young charged Youngblood with attempted murder on a police officer.

Rutherford County patrol deputies joined the pursuit near Beech Grove supervised by Rutherford County sheriff’s Sgt. Trent Givens. Deputies tossed out the spike strips that flattened the tires but the driver continued on the rims.

Mathis asked Young to assist because he believed a K-9 might be needed.

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