By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
A second high-speed chase in three days has landed a Lebanon man in jail on charges of driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license and felony evading.
The incident involved speeds of 100 mph and included officers with the Lebanon Police Department and deputies with the Wilson County Sheriffs Department.
It began about 10:15 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12, when Lebanon Police Officer Cody Bryan attempted to stop a 1990 Honda Accord that was traveling the wrong way on Owen Street, according to a report filed by Sgt. Andrew Hawkins.
The driver of the vehicle, identified as Jeffrey Scott "Scotty" Gann of 425 Trice Road, Lebanon, reportedly fled at a high rate of speed, going through stop signs and red lights when he saw Bryan turn around.
Bryan turned on his emergency lights and siren to try and stop the car, however, the driver continued to flee. Bryan pulled off the attempted stop.
A short time later, Cpl. Joe Nokes saw the same vehicle in the vicinity of Cedar Street and East High Street. It turned on to Rome Pike. Nokes saw it travel in the oncoming lane of Rome Pike and increase speed. He turned on his emergency lights and siren to also try and stop the vehicle.
However, the Honda Accord fled out Rome Pike to Carthage Highway, Hawkins said in his report. It turned inbound toward town and then right onto East High. Due to speed, Nokes lost sight of the vehicle. Officer Allison Steely saw the vehicle and pursued it west on West Baddour Parkway.
When speeds increased to upwards of 100 mph, the pursuit was called off for safety, Hawkins said in his report.
Our guys were to the west of him, said Lt. Steve Gatlin of the Sheriffs Department, adding deputies began their pursuit of Gann near Sports Village on West Main Street.
Gatlin said he understood that Gann was allegedly just flying, excessive speed as he followed the route through Lebanon. They (Lebanon officers) were not chasing him at that point.
A report filed by Deputy Ray Justice said he and other deputies saw a vehicle, the Honda Accord, traveling at a high rate of speed on Baddour Parkway which was being pursued by Lebanon Police for numerous traffic violations and for complete disregard for public safety.
Deputies took over the pursuit at times reaching speeds of more than 100 mph in an attempt to stop the Honda. Justice said he was traveling eastbound on Lebanon Road nearing Shenandoah Estates when he was advised the Honda was traveling westbound.
Justice stopped his patrol car and blocked a civilian vehicle. The Honda and the deputy in pursuit passed by him, and he turned around, activated his emergency equipment and began to pursue the suspect as well.
Gann reportedly tried to turn right onto Horn Springs Road unsuccessfully and then continued for a brief distance before turning left onto Saratoga Drive.
Deputies turned onto Saratoga, also, and saw the Honda as it left the roadway and drove about 200-plus yards in a field and into a vacant lot on the corner of Saratoga and Lebanon Road.
Gann then drove his vehicle into a tree. He got out of the car and tried to flee on foot for about 150 yards as Cpl. Jonathon Daniel chased him instructing him to stop.
Daniel, Justice said in his report, unholstered his weapon and ordered Gann to comply with his instructions. Deputy Robert Locke arrived and took Gann to the ground without further incident.
Locke, Daniel, Justice and Deputy Paul McPeak assisted Gann to his feet and in walking to an area where Wilson County Emergency Management Agency had set up with an ambulance to provide first aid.
Gann suffered bruises to his face from the accident. Justice noted that the suspect did have existing injuries and was transported to University Medical Center for treatment. He was later released into Justices custody and was taken to the Wilson County Jail where he was booked on three counts of evading arrest, two counts of driving on a revoked license, two counts of suspended drivers license, two counts of reckless endangerment, one count of driving under the influence and one count of leaving the scene of an accident.
Justice said in his report that during an interview with Gann, the suspect told him he did not know why he was trying to evade authorities and that he understood it was a bad idea.
The suspect, Justice said, also reportedly told him he was taking Hydrocodone, Lorazapam and Morphine for pain due to a hip injury he suffered in the past and that he had taken the medications earlier in the day and took them regularly.
Gann remained in custody at the jail Tuesday night. His bond was set at $34,000.
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