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Man Drowns after Police Pursuit in Franklin County

24-year-old Johnny Baldwin of Warrenville, Illinois, drowned in Tims Ford’s Boiling Fork Creek early Thursday morning.

Apparently before the drowning Baldwin was attempting to evade police in a vehicle chase that began in Decherd and ended on foot in Winchester’s Ross Lane area.

The man went into the water where he later drowned.

His family is now questioning why officers at the scene did not go into the water to attempt a rescue.

Winchester Police Chief Ritchie Lewis to the Herald-Chronicle that he believes his officers did what they should have done.

He said the conditions were dark, the depth of the water was unknown and Baldwin greatly outweighed Delacruz.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. Lucky has done play-by-play for over 3,445 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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