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Suspect In Custody After Williamson County Manhunt

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Posted at 3:40 PM, Jul 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 19:20:31-04

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The suspect who escaped from the back of a Williamson County Sheriff's Office patrol car and jumped a fence in handcuffs has been taken into custody. 

Deputies took 31-year-old Michael Pierre Rose into custody Monday after he was on the loose for two to three hours. He was arrested in the area of Highway 96 and Hawkins Lane. Details of how they were able to find him has not been released. 

Officials had called off the search around 2 p.m. for the Smithville man who escaped from custody after fighting with deputies in the middle of State Route 840. 

Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Long said Rose was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over Monday on State Route 840 near the Horton Highway exit. It was a routine traffic stop for an expired license plate. 

After running Rose's identification, the deputy found charges for an outstanding warrant out of Virginia. It was believed an additional warrant may have been active out of Warren County. 

When deputies tried to arrest him, they said Rose resisted. They wrestled with him as they tried to take him into custody. 

"He was jerking, trying to get away from the officers and literally got into the center line of lane of traffic, and they had to pull back, and then he tried to get away again, trying to resist," said Sheriff Jeff Long. 

The Sheriff said the man's action made it dangerous for both the deputies and nearby drivers.

"Very dangerous with the traffic coming through, traffic coming through at 10:30, busy time for 840, for traffic being at the level it is after the holiday, very dangerous," said Sheriff Long.

They were eventually able to restrain Rose, put him into handcuffs, and place him in the back of a squad car.

Rose was somehow able to escape and ran off the side of the road and jumped over a fence. He then took off. It was not clear how long was able to free himself from the patrol car. 

Sheriff Long said K-9 units from Williamson and Rutherford Counties were called in to search for the suspect. A helicopter from the Tennessee Highway Patrol was also used in the search. 

Officials with the Sheriff's Office notified residents in the area to be on the lookout for Rose. 

Rose has been charged with resisting arrest, escape and criminal impersonation. He is being head at the Williams County jail on $9,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in count on July 16th.

One of the deputies received minor injuries in the skirmish on the highway, suffering scraped knees, elbows and hands.