Attempted murder suspect arrested after hours-long manhunt in Williamson County

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — An attempted murder suspect has been arrested in Williamson County after a high-speed chase led to an extensive manhunt that lasted for several hours early Tuesday morning.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office said law enforcement began searching the area of Bethesda Road and Highway 431 around 2 a.m. for Leonard Beard, a man wanted on an attempted murder charge out of Maury County.

Deputies said Beard had been at the Williamson County jail to bond someone out and was recognized as having warrants out for his arrest. When authorities tried to arrest Beard, they said he got into his car and drove off, reaching speeds of approximately 100 miles per hour during a pursuit with law enforcement.

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Beard reportedly crashed his vehicle and ran into a field in the area of Bethesda Road and Highway 431.

After an extensive search, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office said Beard was captured around 9:30 a.m. by deputies in the area of Arno Road.

No additional information was immediately released.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and WKRN.com for updates.

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