Driver Arrested In Portland After Chase Reaches 110 MPH

Posted at 9:26 PM, Jun 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-09 22:26:05-04

A Bethpage man was arrested after leading officers on a chase that reached speeds of up to 110 miles per hour.

The chase started Saturday when officials tried to stop 23-year-old Michael B. Pratt for speeding on Highway 52 near Sandye Avenue in Portland.

Authorities with the Portland Police Department said Pratt did not stop. The chase hit 110 miles per hour on Highway 52 as he led officers toward Highway 31-W.

Police said Pratt was swerving in and out of lanes and passing cars on the shoulder. They added he “showed no regard for others on the road.”

As Pratt turned at Highway 31-W, the pursuit continued at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.

He slowed to around 50 miles per hour at the Kentucky/Tennessee line.

At that location, officers once again tried to pull him over, but reports stated he intentionally rammed the side of a patrol vehicle.

Another officer then used his vehicle, striking the driver’s side of Pratt’s vehicle, to force an end to the chase.

Pratt was arrested, and police said he had several active warrants, including three in Macon County, one in Robertson County, and one in Simpson County, Kentucky.

In Tennessee, Pratt has been charged with felony evading, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, driving on an suspended license, speeding, and financial responsibility. Other felony charges were pending in Kentucky.