On Tuesday (7/26/2022) at approximately 9:27 PM Decherd Police Department Officer Michael Diecks attempted to stop a white Chevrolet Camaro for a speeding violation on Decherd Blvd and West Main St.
The Camaro failed to pull over and accelerated to high speeds reaching 100mph going into Winchester. A short pursuit began, and the vehicle turned onto Bypass Rd in Winchester. The Camaro reached speeds of 149mph (confirmed by radar) on Bypass Rd and passed multiple vehicles.
Officer Diecks was able to get a partial Alabama license plate of the vehicle. Due to the reckless driving and concerns to public safety the pursuit was terminated on Bypass Rd.
Winchester Police Department observed the Camaro turn onto Cowan Hwy towards Hwy 64 and terminated pursuit. After terminating the pursuit Winchester Police Department officers observed the Camaro turn onto Hwy 64 Eastbound going back towards Decherd.
Decherd Police Assistant Chief Paul Bennett observed the vehicle on Hwy 64 passing the Nissan Powertrain Dr. exit still traveling upwards of 160mph and lost view of the vehicle going over the Old Alto Hwy overpass.
Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies saturated the area and located the Camaro parked on Garner Ln off Old Alto Hwy with no lights on. Deputies made contact with a male juvenile driver. The juvenile allegedly stated that he ran from the police.
Officer Diecks responded to Garner Ln. The juvenile was detained and transported to the Decherd Police Department to wait for a parent of the juvenile to arrive. Once the parent arrived an interview was conducted. The interview ended and the juvenile was cited and released to the parent.
He is charged with multiple traffic offenses including Speeding, Reckless Driving, No Driver’s License, Felony Evading and has a court date set with Franklin County Juvenile Court.