Monday, October 12, 2009

High Speed Chase Leads To Arrest

A high speed chase that started with the theft of a rifle from a Cookeville store ended up with the arrest of a White County man Monday. Police say a man came into Putnam Farm Supply about 8:30 Monday morning and stole a rifle from the store, leaving in what was described as a maroon-colored vehicle. Police soon spotted a car matching that description and attempted a traffic stop, but the driver took off, travelling at high speeds down Jefferson Avenue, South Maple, Ditty Road and then back north into town on Burgess Falls Road. That was where pursuing officers were able to deploy spike strips which disabled his vehicle, but the suspect jumped from the car and ran inside Plateau Mental Health Center just as police caught up to him. He was identified as 47-year-old Donny Lynn Hutchings of Doug Luna Road, Sparta. Hutchings is facing a number of charges today. Police say he was also cited over the weekend for possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest after being found inside a car which was parked at a store on South Jefferson Avenue and allegedly refusing to get out of that vehicle.