Man leads police on chase, crashes into patrol car

SAVANNAH, Tenn. — A 22-year old leads officers on a chase through several counties early Thursday morning, sending him to jail with more than 20 charges. Police said it all started near the Walmart in Savannah. The chase ended up taking officers through neighborhoods, highways, and ended up with more than five agencies involved. “The vehicle was turning circles, went off into the grass over the curb, and so an officer went to stop a vehicle for the reckless driving,” Chief Gary Will Jr. said. When officers went after Farris Saxton, they said he did not stop. They called off the initial chase, because they were worried about the public’s safety. Hardin County deputies saw the vehicle a short time later, and since the driver appeared to be intoxicated, they followed him. When they tried to pull him over, a pursuit began again. Savannah Police got involved when Saxton drove back into the city. “We set up a road block on Fairgrounds Road and the suspect did not try to slow down at all, so the officer moved the car to try to avoid it, but then hit our patrol car intentionally,” Chief Will explained. Police said as Saxton sped through Crump and Adamsville, more officers joined the chase. Officers had to force Saxton off the road, where he took off on foot, but were able to arrest him later. Now facing more than 20 charges from Savannah Police alone, Saxton was taken into custody for DUI and Driving on a Revoked License.

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