Thursday, October 1, 2009

Alleged Car Thief Arrested After High Speed Chase

Officers from the Putnam County sheriff's department, the Monterey Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were involved in a high speed chase this week, which resulted in the arrest of a man who had tried to flee form a traffic stop. Authorities say 28-year-old Christopher D. Wharton of St. Louis, Missouri, was arrested after leading officers on a high speed chase eastbound on I-40 from at least the 293 mile marker, up to the Monterey exit at mile marker 300, and then back down the mountain toward Cookeville on Highway 70. Wharton eventually stopped his car when he ran over some spike strips that Deputy Sgt. Joe Nash had placed across the highway near Cherry Creek Road. Authorities say the car had been reported stolen out of Louisiana. Meanwhile, the sheriff's office is investigating the burglary of a home on Burgess Mill Road. The homeowner says that someone apparently broke in through the basement and made off with several hundred dollars worth of firearms.