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Police chase ends in crash at cemetery


Police chase ends in crash at cemetery
Michael B. Pratt was taken into police custody Saturday night after leading the Portland Police Department on a high speed chase.
Police officers attempted to stop the vehicle being driven by Pratt 24, of Bethpage on Hwy 52 West near Sandye ave for speeding. The vehicle failed to yield and reached speeds in excess of 110 mph on Hwy. 52 W towards Hwy. 31 W. During this time the vehicle was swerving and out of the opposite lanes of traffic and passing cars on the shoulder.
According to the Portland Police Department the driver showed no regard for others on the road. The vehicle then turned right on Hwy 31 W and proceeded to maintain speeds in excess of 90 mph. The vehicle slowed down to around 50 mph around the Kentucky/Tennessee state line where officers attempted to pull up on either side of the suspect vehicle. Pratt the driver intentionally rammed the side of an officers vehicle at which point another officer used his vehicle to force an end to the pursuit by striking the drivers side of the suspect vehicle. The cars came to a stop at the Restlawn Memorial garden cemetery in Franklin, Kentucky.
Pratt was taken into custody and has several active warrants out for his arrest including Macon (3), Robertson (1), and Franklin, Ky (1).
The vehicle in question had eluded the Sumner County Sheriff’s office earlier on Saturday.
Pratt is facing charges of felony evading, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, speeding, financial responsibility, and other felony charges in Kentucky.

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