Driver sends police on high speed chase twice

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memorial Day weekend was not so relaxing for some Memphis Police officers after one man sent them on a high speed chase twice.

On Farrisview, a white pickup truck crossed the double yellow lines and nearly hit a police cruiser.  The police cruiser then spun around, followed, and after a short chase, pulled the truck over at Love's Truck Shop.

Paul Summers, the driver, was told he was being arrested and put in the back seat of the squad car.  

From the backseat, Summers told the arresting officer he was hot and could not breathe.

The officer rolled down the window and Summers allegedly reached his hands out, let himself out of the squad car and jumped back into his truck.

Summers took off down Lamar at an estimated speed of 60 to 70 miles per hour.  A few blocks away, he tried to turn right but instead lost control and flipped the truck.

Flipping his truck did not stop him.  Summers is accused of then struggling with an officer, getting free and running away with no shoes and trying to hold up his pants at the same time.

Summers was caught after what was described as a "brief foot pursuit."

Summers is not locked up.  He was still in the hospital Monday.

He refused a blood alcohol content test, but police said they heard Summer tell the nurse he had been drinking.

When asked why he ran, police said Summers told them, "I have done it several times before and gotten away."

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