Suspects apprehended after chase

Published 4:49 pm Friday, January 23, 2009

A high-speed chase through downtown Franklin today resulted in two arrests and a vehicle crashing into a home.

Police declined to link the incident to the shooting death of Franklin resident Brad Harris, 27, that took place hours earlier in the same neighborhood but did say that the same sport utility vehicle involved in the chase was observed at the South High Street home where the homicide occurred.

Police officers responded to a call from a citizen who observed two suspicious men getting into a vehicle at South and Hall streets.

Upon seeing police officers, the two men attempted to outrun law enforcement by leading them on a high-speed chase through the streets of Franklin.

According to Lt. Tim Whitt of the Franklin Police Department, the suspects drove from Hall Street to Cool Springs to Holly to Railroad to Bogart before ending at High Street and Second Avenue.

During the chase, the suspects fired a gun in the direction of the pursuing police cars.

The chase culminated on South High Street when a passenger jumped out of the moving SUV and ran into a nearby home located close to railroad tracks.

Officers reacted quickly by stopping a train passing through town and shutting down all surrounding streets while the search for the passenger ensued.

The driver of the SUV kept going and attempted to make a left turn onto Second Avenue.

Instead, the vehicle crashed into a home at 201 High St.

Both the driver and the passenger were apprehended and taken to the Franklin Police Department for questioning. Police also retrieved a firearm from the scene.

The suspects were not identified.