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Police chase ends in Whitley County

Last night, a sheriff's deputy in Campbell County, Tennessee saw a red ford mustang merge onto interstate 75 with a broken headlight. The driver refused to pull over and soon after was in Whitley County. The Williamsburg Police Department, Kentucky State Police, and the Whitley County Sheriff's Department began to chase Marrien K. Prince around mile marker 11 on Interstate 75 heading north.

"Driving upwards of 100 miles an hour in itself is extremely dangerous. But then you're intoxicated, this individual was intoxicated. He was driving very wreckless," said Colan Harrell, Sheriff of Whitley County.

Police say Prince then got off on exit 15 heading north on U.S. 25. They say he was under the influence of alcohol.

Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird says that the police chase was so dangerous, he was about to call off all police pursuit.

"At times traffic was pretty heavy. The guy was driving very erratic and very dangerous. At times my officers were saying that he was passing motorists and running oncoming motorists off the road," Bird said.

Whitley County Sheriff's Deputy Shawn Jackson just happened to be patrolling the area when he overheard the chase on his radio.

"At that point I got here. Got the department issued stinger spike strips and set up in safe location, was able to deploy the spike strips disabling the vehicle successfully without any injuries to human life," Jackson said.

Officials say Prince has two previous DUI's. Police say prince is at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and is in stable condition after suffering injuries during the chase. One Williamsburg Police Officer and one Kentucky State Trooper were treated for minor injuries.


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