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Man Crashes Car, Runs From Authorities, Arrested Again

By Meghan Pinkley
By mpinkley@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - A wanted man with a history of running from police kept officers busy again on Thursday. Travarious White is accused of not only running from U.S. Marshals, Thursday morning, but crashing into a neighbor's home and tree.

That neighbor, Bernice Duckworth, thought going to her 10-year-old niece's funeral would be all she could bear, Thursday. But she said her neighbor added to her day's turmoil. "I was in my back bedroom when all of a sudden I heard this big thump, it sounded like my house was falling down," she recalled.

Duckworth said when she looked out her window she saw a white car she had never seen before. It had crashed into her tree. "I thought maybe someone might be in there dead, if they had hit the tree," said Duckworth. But White was far from dead. In fact, officers said as soon as he crashed, he got out and ran to his own house on nearby Woodard Drive.

The 24-year-old was on the U.S. Marshals' fugitive's list for a warrant out of Jackson for violation of probation. Marshals said they first spotted White in his car on Thursday morning in his driveway on Woodard. They said he sped off, striking a nearby house and tree. Soon after he was arrested at his home.

But before taking off on foot, Duckworth said White begged for her mercy. "He was saying, 'Ms. Duckworth, Ms. Duckworth.' So I went to the car and I said, 'I don't know you, you don't look familiar at all.' He said, 'Well, I know your grandchildren.' And I said, "Oh, OK." And he said please don't press charges against me, please don't," stated Duckworth.

White is no stranger to the law, in October 2009, the then 21-year-old was caught on camera running from officers after being accused of shooting at a man at a car wash at the corner of Royal and Lane and breaking into a nearby house.

On Thursday, officers also reported finding illegal firearms, ammunition and drug paraphernalia in White's house. White was booked into the Madison County Jail on his original warrant of probation violation and faces additional charges, including reckless endangerment and evading arrest.
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