December 30, 2010
High speed chase nets suspect
By SUE WATSON
An alert employee, who saw the burglary of his boss’ home in progress Tuesday and took a good description of the vehicle involved, helped Marshall County sheriff’s deputies launch a high-speed chase leading to the arrest of the suspect in Collerville, Tenn.
Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said the employee, working in a nearby area of property, saw a white, older model Dodge pickup being loaded with goods and reported the burglary in progress on Highway 311 around 10 a.m. December 28. The suspect was loading a television, computers, jewelry and numerous other items into the pickup when he was noticed by the employee, who immediately called authorities.
Marshall County deputies launched a rapid pursuit from a location on Loftin Road near Mt. Pleasant after the alert went out for the pickup and it was spotted there, the sheriff said.
A pursuit in excess of 100 miles per hour proceeded on back roads and state highways until the chase became too dangerous and Marshall County authorities called it off as not to endanger anyone. The suspect, who was said to have been driving at high speeds on the wrong side of the road, abandoned the pickup at about the same time, fled on foot and was later arrested by Collierville police officers.
The suspect, Deandre Leon Alexander, 43, of the 4200 block of Arrowhead Road, Memphis, Tenn., has waived rights to extradition and was to be brought back to Marshall County Tuesday, according to Dickerson. He said Alexander will be charged with burglary of a residence and with violation of the felony pursuit law. Alexander has a prior record in Tennessee on burglary- and theft-related charges, the sheriff said.
Dickerson said the public and law enforcement authorities could have been injured and the high-speed chase was called off because of the suspect’s dangerous and erratic driving.
The sheriff commended and thanked his officers who took chase after the suspect’s vehicle once it was spotted, and Collierville police officers for apprehending the suspect. He also praised the alert and timely action of the employee in being observant and in reporting the incident promptly.
“This is a good example of how an alert public can assist law enforcement in the apprehension of suspects who are in the process of committing a crime,” Dickerson said.
Items in the seized pickup were identified as coming from the burglarized residence and were recovered, Dickerson said.
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