Rutherford, Coffee, Grundy and Marion County Deputies involved in Pursuit for nearly 70 miles

On June 7, 2022, at approximately 9:45 am, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department was involved in a pursuit involving a stolen vehicle from Murfreesboro.

Coffee County deputies received a call that the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department was pursuing a white Ford F-250 taken from the Murfreesboro City Street Department traveling eastbound on I-24 headed into Coffee County. Several county units responded to intercept the vehicle.

While units were converging near the 97 mm, dispatch advised that Rutherford County units had terminated their pursuit as it entered Coffee County. Units from Coffee County spotted the truck near the 103 mile-marker and initiated a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Jose Contrekas, 23 of Old Hickory, Tennessee, failed to stop and continued eastbound on the interstate.

According to Assistant Chief Adam Floied, Manchester officers were set to spike strip the truck, but because of safety concerns for other vehicles they did not attempt. Manchester Police kept the vehicle from entering into the city by keeping the truck on the interstate.

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department reports that deputies were able to spike strip near mm 114. This maneuver damaged the vehicle’s left front tire, causing it to go flat. The subject continued traveling east on I-24 heading into Grundy County. When the truck entered Grundy County, the driver rammed a Coffee County Investigator vehicle, who was assisting in the pursuit, causing the patrol unit to leave the interstate into the median.

Grundy County picked up the pursuit as it continued on the interstate over Monteagle Mountain into Marion County, where Marion County deputies began to assist in the pursuit.

The vehicle finally came to a stop around the 154 mm around 70 miles from where it began in Murfreesboro. Contrekas was taken into custody and transported to Coffee County where charges were obtained for evading arrest with a $10,000 bond. Rutherford County has a hold on the subject.

Photo of stolen vehicle provided by the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. News and Sports Director for Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1, and 95.9. He is currently the play-by-play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders (31 years) on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,993 (and counting) sports events on Radio & TV. He also served four years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for six years at Grundy County High School.

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