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Pursuit Ends In Crash At Cheatham/Dickson County Line

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by Adam Ghassemi

CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. – A police pursuit ended in a crash early Friday near the Cheatham/Dickson County line.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the crash on Highway 70 at Craggie Hope Road in Kingston Springs around 3:30 a.m. A flat bed truck struck a utility pole, knocking it into the roadway and on top of the vehicle. The truck ended up overturned across the roadway.

The driver, identified as 33-year-old Joseph Townsend, was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was treated and later released.

White Bluff police say they received a 911 call that Townsend was driving erratically near a McDonald's and hit a retaining wall. Chief Mike Holman told NewsChannel 5 an officer attempted to pull Townsend over, but he wouldn't. A short chase began that crossed into Cheatham County.

"This happened quickly. He made contact and within a half of a mile we have a crash that took place over. He should have just stopped," Holman said.

The THP said alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Townsend faces reckless driving and leaving the scene of a crash for what happened at the McDonald's location. He faces DUI, evading arrest, driving on a suspended license, open container, no insurance and no seat belt for the chase and crash.

More charges could be pending from White Bluff Police.

Highway 70 remained closed while crews worked to remove power lines from the roadway. It reopened late Friday morning.

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