Neal remains jailed after Monday's car chase, crash


By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
A Lebanon man was arrested Monday night after leading a Wilson County Sheriffs Deputy on a high-speed chase, resulting in a crash on Cainsville Road.

Matthew Ross Neal, 28, of 105 Fontenay Drive, in Lebanon, reportedly fled from the sight of a WCSD patrol vehicle at the four-way stop of Cainsville Road and Maddox-Simpson Parkway. Cpl. Jonathon Daniel of the WCSD said they both pulled up to the four-way at the same time, about 5:24 p.m., but Neal sped away at high speeds.

He decided to floor it and I didnt have a reason to pull him over before he did that, Daniel said.

The ensuing chase lasted for a few miles and Daniel recalled Neal passing only one vehicle along the way, pointing out they were lucky no other motorists were injured. Daniel said he stayed about a quarter of a mile behind Neal and was traveling in excess of 100 mph.

Near the 500 block of Cainsville Road, Neal lost control of his vehicle and crashed off the West side of the road. Daniel said Neal was ejected from the vehicle and landed about 20 feet away from it.

He lost control of the vehicle and it flipped several times, Daniel said.

Daniel noted Neal was driving too fast around a curve and slid sideways in a yaw before running off the road and rolling over multiple times.

Neal suffered no injuries except for a small cut on his head. He was transported by ambulance to University Medical Center where he was treated and released. Neal was then booked into the Wilson County Jail and remains in custody on $8,250 bond.

As to why Neal drove away so quickly upon seeing the patrol car, Daniel said He pretty much ran because he had a small bag of marijuana in his pocket and a suspended drivers license.

Neal is charged with reckless endangerment, evading arrest, driving on a revoked license and drugs simple possession.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.