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Deputies: Woman Seriously Injured In Car Chase

By Deneisha Pearson
By dpearson@wbbjtv.com

ATWOOD, Tenn. -- A crash following a chase with Carroll County deputies leaves a Milan woman in intensive care.

Deputies say Lisa Nichole Leslie was driving recklessly down Rimmer Rd. in Atwood early Tuesday morning, and when they tried to pull her over, she sped off.

She now faces a list of charges, including drunk driving.

"She also has felony reckless endangerment and felony evading arrest charges as well," Sheriff Andy Dickson said. "She is also on federal probation from other charges."

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says the crash happened some time after midnight. Officials say the driver was taken by medical helicopter to Vanderbilt hospital where she's listed in serious condition.

Leslie's passenger Traci Wallace was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

"I think that a lot of it was unnecessary," Dickson said. "If she had just pulled over in the first place, she's got the same charges now she was gonna have if she just pulled over."

A resident on Rimmer Rd., who didn't want to be identified, says she was surprised to hear all the commotion in her neighborhood.

"We said a quick prayer for them I did last night you know, because I knew I heard the helicopters," the resident said. "I hope everything turned out alright."

Brad Bynum works in the area and calls Rimmer Rd. dangerous especially after dark.

"When you [are] on these back roads just slow down you know cause this ain't the regular highway, they just need to slow down and drive right," Bynum said.

Sheriff Dickson says the driver faces additional charges, since she's on federal probation on unrelated charges.