Suspect accused of ramming patrol car, leading law enforcement on chase in Rutherford County

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) — An armed robbery suspect was taken into custody after a short pursuit that ended in a crash Wednesday morning in Rutherford County.

According to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect robbed the Exxon Tiger Mart on New Salem Highway just after midnight, then robbed Stop and Shop Liquor and Wine on St. Andrews Drive around 7 a.m.

When the suspect was spotted a short time later at Auto Pride Car Wash on Cason Lane, investigators said he rammed a Murfreesboro police patrol car. They explained he then drove toward a Rutherford County deputy, who fired at the suspect’s vehicle.

Multiple agencies pursued the suspect on Cason Lane.

A deputy eventually deployed spike strips, but the suspect reportedly continued driving until he slammed his vehicle into a car at the intersection of New Salem Highway and Cason Lane. A Murfreesboro police vehicle and Tennessee Highway Patrol vehicle then collided with the suspect’s vehicle.

The sheriff’s office said the suspect ran from the scene of the crash, but was arrested at the Exxon Tiger Mart on New Salem Highway.

The name of the suspect was not immediately released.

The incident remains under investigation.

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