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High-speed chase ends with crash in ditch

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Jeremy Key (Source: Fayette County Sheriff's Department) Jeremy Key (Source: Fayette County Sheriff's Department)
Rico Fleming (Source: Fayette County Sheriff's Department) Rico Fleming (Source: Fayette County Sheriff's Department)
FAYETTE COUNTY, TN (WMC) -

Two men, including a convicted felon out on probation, led investigators on a high-speed chase across county lines Wednesday morning.

It happened early Wednesday morning and ended near Fisherville Lake and Macon roads near Eads, Tennessee.

But it all started when Oakland Police say they saw a car backed into a driveway in Oakland. They decided to investigate because there have been several burglaries in the last two weeks. When they approached the car, the driver sped off.  A few minutes later, Fayette County Deputies clocked the car speeding.  Deputies tried to pull over the car and that’s when the chase began.

“They tried to stop the vehicle and it began driving erratically, it was driving through ditches and ended up ramming to Fayette County Sheriff vehicles,” said Fayette County Sheriff Inspector Ray Garcia.

The chase lasted 30-45 minutes, reaching speeds over 100 miles per hour. It came to an end when the suspicious car crashed into a ditch near Eads, Tennessee. Deputies immediately took the two men into custody and discovered why they were running.

“It turns out that there were active warrants on both of the suspects and a quantity of cocaine and marijuana was found inside the vehicle also,” said Garcia.

Rico Fleming and Jeremy Key were taken into custody and charged with reckless driving, felony evading, two counts aggravated assault, resisting arrest, two counts manufacture/sell/deliver schedule two Narcotics, simple possession of schedule six, drug paraphernalia and violation of probation

Key was also charged with failure to appear.

“No one was injured in the incident, no deputies, no suspects, a minor amount of property damage, but we got the two suspects off the street and drugs off the street also,” said Garcia.

Garcia says there is not dash camera video of the incident because unmarked cars don’t have cameras and the marked car, involved in the crash, has yet to have a camera installed.

Investigators are looking into whether Fleming and Key are involved in the burglaries reported in the last two weeks.

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