WINCHESTER, Tenn. (WKRN) — Authorities spent Thursday night searching for a man and a woman who allegedly fled from Franklin County deputies after they were caught dealing drugs. One of those individuals has since been arrested.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said deputies received word of a drug deal happening at the Walmart in Winchester and arrived at the scene around 7:40 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17.

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Once on scene, the deputies tried to arrest two people who were seated in a Lexus sedan. The driver reportedly turned the vehicle’s wheels toward one of the deputies and put the car in drive.

Investigators said the deputy then fired a shot, hitting the passenger side front tire and disabling the vehicle. However, the car fled, prompting deputies to launch a pursuit, which ended on Henley Lane in Decherd.

The driver and the female passenger allegedly ran from the scene. Residents in the area were asked to stay inside and lock their doors.

Deputies said they spent hours looking around the area for the two suspects, even bringing in a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter to help, but they wrapped up the search shortly after midnight on Friday, Aug. 18.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said the car deputies pursued Thursday night was reported as a “breach of trust vehicle” in Coffee County. The car’s owner allegedly identified Alicia Nicolee Avans and Frederick Clinton Williams as being in possession of the vehicle at the time of the incident.

Avans — who authorities confirmed was the passenger in the car — has been arrested for the following charges:

  • Conspiracy to sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance
  • Resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest or search
  • Simple possession

Anyone with information about Thursday’s incident or the driver’s whereabouts is asked to call Franklin County Consolidated Communications at 931-967-2331.

Meanwhile, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office announced late Friday morning the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department had taken 37-year-old Daniel Dewayne Holt of Hillsboro — who was initially identified as the driver — into custody.

According to authorities, warrants had been issued for Holt for aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and felony evading arrest in Franklin County, but once investigators determined he was not the driver from Thursday’s incident, they recalled those warrants.

However, since Holt already had warrants in Coffee County, officials said he is still in custody there.