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Deputy Injured After High Speed Chase Ends In Crash

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Posted at 6:13 PM, Jul 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 16:55:28-04

SPRING HILL, Tenn. - Just after 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Spring Hill police officer G Thompson was patrolling on Columbia Highway when a white Cadillac sped by.

Thompson was in pursuit as the Cadillac sped down the two lane highway, passing cars at a dangerous speed.

A few miles later the chase moved to Williamson County.

"Shortly into the chase we were notified that the chase had been discontinued by the Spring Hill authorities, they had lost sight of the individual," Williamson County Captain Roddy Parker said.

Deputies in Williamson County were on the lookout for the white Cadillac, and they found him going faster than 100 miles per hour.

"We had a primary unit clocked the suspect vehicle coming northbound at 116 miles per hour," Parker said.

However, the chase quickly ended when the suspect attempted to pass another civilian vehicle and nearly struck a deputy head-on.

Dash cam video showed the scene as another officer in pursuit turned around and pulled up just after the crash happened.

Deputy Robert Givens was in the patrol car that was hit. Friday his squad car sat in a storage warehouse, the extensive damage showed just how lucky he was.

"Just missed by inches being head on," Parker said.

The man behind the wheel of the Cadillac has been identified as 45-year-old Thomas Thompson, of Columbia. He's charged with speeding, reckless endangerment, DUI, evading arrest, and driving without a license. He was taken into custody on a $115,000 bond.

"He was visibly under the influence of some type of intoxicants," said Parker.

Thompson has been set to appear in court July 23.