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June 4, 2013

Chase ends in arrest; suspect remains in jail on $10K bond

PALESTINE — A local man remained in the Anderson County Jail on Monday after leading deputies on a high speed chase through a residential neighborhood early Sunday morning.

According to Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Troy Black, suspect Gregory Demon Cunningham, 36, made chase after attempts by deputy Johnny Gorden to make a traffic stop.

“At about 1 a.m. on Sunday, Deputy Gorden observed a subject he knew to be Cunningham operating a 1992 GMC truck on Oak Street in front of Denny’s,” Black reported. “The deputy ran his license plate and determined that it was expired in 2010.

“He also knew that the suspect had a suspended driver’s license from dealing with him in the past.”

Gorden followed the suspect onto Sixth Street in order to make a traffic stop on the vehicle. After activating his lights, Cunningham attempted to evade the deputy at a high rate of speed through a residential neighborhood.

“The chase continued through Avenue B to Seventh Street onto Westwood Street and then turned on Lia Street, where the suspect pulled up to a residence on the 300 block,” Black said. “After multiple demands by the deputy, the suspect put both hands up and was taken into custody and transported to Anderson County Jail without incident.”

According to Black, the suspect had said he was trying to get to his cousin’s house and was afraid of being arrested.

Cunningham remained in jail on the charge of evading arrest, with a $10,000 bond set, and for the charge of driving with license invalid, with a fine of $367.

Officers conducted an inventory of the suspect’s vehicle, but found nothing to lead to further charges, Black reported.

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