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High speed chase ends in Little River

Wednesday, January 04, 2017 - Updated: 1:02 AM
Staff report

A Tennessee man is facing multiple charges after a high-speed police chase ended Monday in the Little River.

According to Princeton Police Department (PPD), about 11:57 p.m. Monday, officers observed a driver traveling down the wrong way down West Main Street in Princeton. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver fled.

PPD pursued the driver -- later identified as Derek Summers, 38, of Indian Mound, Tenn. -- south on Highway 139 toward Cadiz. PPD reported the driver exceeded 90 mph.

Cadiz Police Department intervened in the chase, deploying a "tire deflation device" at the intersection of Hwy. 139 and Bush Road. Summers drove through the spike strips and continued south toward Cadiz, according to PPD. He allegedly drove into West Cadiz Park thereafter, where he crashed into Little River.

Police retrieved both Summers and an unnamed passenger from the water, according to CPD. Summers was taken to Trigg County Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released. PPD arrested Summers after treatment, and he was charged with two counts of disregarding a traffic control device; two counts of disregarding a stop sign; first degree wanton endangerment; and first degree fleeing or evading police.

Cadiz Police also charged Summers with five counts of first degree wanton endangerment; and one count of fleeing or evading police.

The passenger was not charged.

PPD and CPD were assisted on scene by Kentucky State Police and Trigg County Sheriff's Office.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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