MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Multiple law enforcement agencies are looking for a man who authorities say ran off after a pursuit ended near an elementary school.
In a news release early Wednesday morning, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were asked to assist the Stewart County Sheriff’s Office, which had pursued a vehicle into Montgomery County.
Stewart County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dale Ward said the pursuit started after deputies received several calls about a reckless driver, including one in which the driver said a vehicle was trying to run him off the road.
The car eventually stopped in the 800 block of South Liberty Church Road, near Liberty Elementary School. Police said a man with dreadlocks wearing a black hoodie got out of the car and ran off. A second person who stayed in the car was detained.
Law enforcement from several agencies were working to secure the area Wednesday morning, and authorities said the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System was notified.
According to school officials, there will be additional law enforcement on campus at Liberty Elementary “out of an abundance of caution.” However, the school did not lock down, and officials said there is no active threat to school safety.
Several drugs were found in the vehicle, including substances that tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. The drugs are being sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for further analysis.
On Thursday morning, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office identified 35-year-old Thomas Booker as the suspect who ran away after the pursuit ended.
Warrants have been issued for his arrest, charging him with manufacture, delivery, sale, or possession of methamphetamines, three counts of possession of a controlled substance for resale, simple possession of marijuana, evading arrest in a motor vehicle, evading arrest, violation of a drug free school zone, and unlawful drug paraphernalia, according to investigators.
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The sheriff’s office said Booker may be in the Nashville or Joelton area.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 931-648-0611, ext. 13209 or ext. 0 if after normal business hours. Tips can also be submitted on the MCSO’s website or by using the MOCOINFO App.
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