A man faces multiple charges after being chased through Franklin and Coffee counties in Tennessee
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A man who has already been arrested at least 40 times over the course of his life is in custody again after he reportedly led multiple law enforcement agencies on a chase across two Middle Tennessee counties on Monday.
The Estill Springs Police Department said officers were dispatched to a home along Wells Street on Monday, Nov. 13, for a report of a suspicious person wearing a hoodie and face mask behind the residence.
Before authorities arrived at the scene, they said a witness called and identified the person as Richard Flowers, who had an active protective order and was not supposed to be at the home.
When officers arrived, they noticed a Dodge Charger sitting in the road, ran the tag, and discovered it belonged to Flowers.
Police said they attempted to stop traffic at the intersection of Fairview Street and Circle Drive, but the car turned into Lou Lou Cafe and stopped at the front of the business. Even when law enforcement approached the vehicle, Flowers allegedly did not follow commands.
Shortly thereafter, the vehicle left the parking lot heading north on Highway 41A. Authorities said they chased the car, which veered off Highway 41A onto Tyson Drive and was traveling through the feed mill.
According to officials, the pursuit continued all the way to Arnold Air Force Base, where law enforcement at the base unsuccessfully attempted to use spike strips on the suspect vehicle.
Police said the vehicle was headed toward Manchester, so members of the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department joined the pursuit. Eventually, all law enforcement agencies involved in the chase were able to impound the vehicle and take Flowers into custody.
Providing additional details about Flowers’ history, authorities said a protective order was signed against him in July for eight prior domestic assaults; aggravated domestic assault; 16 probation violations; six violations of protective orders; Four drug arrests; and five counts of resisting, evading or fleeing. He has reportedly been arrested 40 times in the past.
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Coffee County deputies brought Flowers to their jail. As of Wednesday, Nov. 15, he was still being held in Coffee County on $103,000 bail on charges of aggravated assault, evading arrest and resisting arrest, officials said.
However, according to police, Flowers still faces charges in Franklin County for three counts of violating a protective order, three counts of aggravated stalking, resisting stop/arrest, reckless driving, evading arrest, aggravated criminal trespassing, and driving on a suspended/roadway. Arrest. Cancellation of license, felony endangerment.