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Fugitive Caught After Asking Family For Food, Water


SMITHVILLE, Tenn. - One of the men running from police after a high-speed chase is in jail.

A family in DeKalb County captured the man when he approached them and asked for food and water.

Police are still looking for his accomplice.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Dirk Fincher is the more violent of the two offenders. He is a convicted felon out of Missouri. He served 17 years for killing a police officer.

Fincher and his nephew, Nicklas Hickson are accused of stealing several cars in Tennessee and Missouri.

Police said one of the cars was taken from a home in White County.

On Thursday, state trooper Todd Logan spotted the Toyota Avalon heading west on Interstate 40 in Smith County.

Logan chased the car into DeKalb County.

The THP said speeds hit close to 120 miles per hour. In less than 10 minutes, the Toyota Avalon left the road and crashed.

Police said Fincher and Hickson took off on foot.

Fincher ran until Sunday afternoon until he was caught by residents in DeKalb County.

"He came out and asked one of the local residents for food and water.  And she notified her son and at some point he was held at gunpoint, and the local DeKalb County sheriff's department was notified," said THP Lt. Reaker Bass.

Fincher did get to eat.

The family who held him at gunpoint gave him a plate of food while they waited for police.

Fincher faces charges in DeKalb, Smith and White counties.

He could also face charges in Missouri, which include theft of a vehicle and evading police.

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