Suspect arrested in Hickman County following high-speed chase in stolen car with kittens inside

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HICKMAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Authorities have released additional information about the arrest of a 19-year-old man wanted following a weekend high-speed chase across multiple states in a stolen vehicle with kittens inside.

According to the Hickman County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received information Monday afternoon that James Pitts was possibly staying in the county.

Later in the evening, deputies said they responded to a location on New Cutt Road in Bon Aqua, where they made contact with Pitts, who provided false identifying information.

He was arrested and faces multiple charges in Hickman County including criminal impersonation, violation of probation and unlawful drug paraphernalia.

Investigators said Pitts stole a white BMW from a rest stop in Lee’s Summit, Missouri with several kittens inside.

The teenage suspect was reportedly pursued by law enforcement from Illinois, through Kentucky, until he crashed the stolen vehicle Sunday on Interstate 24 at exit one in Clarksville.

At one point, authorities said the car reached speeds of 132 miles per hour. Spike strips were used to slow down the driver.

James Pitts
James Pitts (Courtesy: Hickman County Sheriff’s Office)

Following the crash of the stolen BMW, Clarksville police and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office issued an alert for residents to be on the lookout for Pitts.

As of Tuesday morning, he was lodged in the Hickman County jail.

He will eventually be transported to a detention center in Kentucky.

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