Suspected drunk driver arrested after chase, crash closes I-24 East

Posted at 5:11 AM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 11:07:42-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — The driver involved in a crash that shutdown I-24 East for hours is in custody.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol confirms the incident began when a trooper tried to pull the driver over near SR 840 for speeding. The trooper initiated a chase when the driver didn't stop. The driver rear-ended another vehicle about 10 miles later just east of the South Church Street exit just before 1:30 a.m.

There were three people in the fleeing vehicle and three people in the vehicle they rear-ended. All of them went to the hospital. They're expected to be okay. The trooper noticed the driver showing signs of impairment. The driver of the fleeing vehicle is in the Rutherford County Jail with charges pending.

Law enforcement closed I-24 east from South Church Street to Joe B. Jackson Parkway until about 6 a.m.