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Multiple Agencies Involved in High-Speed Pursuit

A 22-year-old man was arrested last week following a high speed chase with authorities that involved multiple law enforcement agencies.

According to reports filed by the Lafayette Police Department, Red Boiling springs Police Department and Macon County Sheriff’s Department, the incident took place on October 12, 2022, when Lafayette Police Officer Dylan Gann observed a 2011 Dodge Avenger driving around his patrol car at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle began traveling east on Highway 52, and Officer Gann followed, initiating his traffic lights and sirens in an attempt to make a traffic stop.

The driver, however, did not comply and continued to increase his speed, reaching up to 120 mph.

Macon County Sergeant Jake Ayers observed the incident taking place in front of the sheriff’s office and assisted Officer Gann.

Ayers’ report states that he witnessed the driver turn off onto New Lane, where a passenger jumped out of the vehicle before the driver proceeded to come back out onto Highway 52 and ram Sergeant Ayers’ patrol car.

The driver then continued towards Red Boiling Springs on Highway 52.

Red Boiling Springs Patrolman Zachary Cuthbertson clocked the Avenger going 104 mph with his radar and began a pursuit, which was discontinued as the driver continued driving recklessly into Clay County.

The driver, identified as Christopher L. Wanner, was later arrested outside of Macon County jurisdiction.

The passenger was detained by law enforcement, and Wanner was positively identified by them as the driver. Wanner was also discovered to be driving on a suspended license.

He was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, evading arrest and driving on a suspended license by the Lafayette Police Department; reckless endangerment, evading arrest and driving on a suspended license by the Red Boiling Springs Police Department; and reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to stop for a signal/sign by the Macon County Sheriff’s Department.

His bond was set at $38,500, and he is scheduled to appear in general sessions court on December 14, 2022.