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Pastor Sees Pursuit Suspects After Attempted Burglary

Posted at 6:41 PM, Jun 27, 2017

Two men were taken into custody after a high-speed pursuit ended in a multi-vehicle crash in Murfreesboro on Tuesday. 

Suspects Christopher Bohrer, 46, and Derrick White, 37, were apprehended and taken for medical treatment after the crash, according to the Williamson County Sheriff's Office. 

2 In Custody After Pursuit, Multi-Car Crash In Murfreesboro

Officials said the two tried to break into a storage building at the Spring Meadow Baptist Church on Columbia Pike earlier in the morning. 

Pastor Stephen Schwanke told NewsChannel 5 that the suspects were in a Penske rental truck and used it to ram into the tool shed next to his church around 6:30 am.

"So he turns the Penske truck around and backs into it," Schwanke said as he showed the church's surveillance video. "I guess that's when he did the damage because it looked like he went back and forth."

The surveillance camera also showed a white pickup that drove with the Penske trailer parked next to the street. 

A few minutes later, Schwanke arrived and was confused but knew something was wrong when one of the men started yelling.

"He yelled 'Get in the vehicle! Get in the truck!" Schwanke recalled. "It's just a bizarre thing that they would try to break into something that has nothing valuable in it."

Officials said the Penske truck was stolen and was eventually spotted by a deputy on Mack Hatcher. 

A pursuit would started on 840 into Rutherford County where the pursuit was terminated because of safety concerns, according to WCSO Spokesperson Sharon Puckett. 

"I'm just thinking what kind of idiot is trying to run in a box truck?" Steve Taylor, a neighbor, questioned. "You're not outrunning the cops in that, it's that simple."

The drivers of the Penske truck crashed into several vehicles at the intersection on Fortress Boulevard near Interstate 24. 

The intersection was shut down for several hours before it reopened before noon.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. 

The conditions of everyone involved are unknown.