A Franklin man was arrested after leading authorities on a high speed chase on Tuesday, May 31.
At approximately 10 p.m., Macon County Sheriff’s Officers conducting a license checkpoint on Highway 28 North at the Big D Convenience Store noticed a motorcycle pull off into a work zone and turn its lights off just south of the checkpoint.
Officers Robert Young and Dereck Jones reportedly approached the vehicle right before the driver, Calvin Dale Hurst, turned back onto 28 heading back toward the Town of Franklin.
According to reports, Jones and Young then entered a patrol car and pursued Hurst on his orange 2000 Honda motorcycle in a steady flow of traffic.
“The driver failed to stop for my blue lights and proceeded on,” read Jones’ report, at which point he activated his siren. “Vehicle speeds were in excess of 80 miles per hour at multiple times.”
During the chase, the motorcycle crossed the center of the lane as the motorcycle made its way from 28 to Harrison Avenue and then to Lyle Street. By that time, officers with the Franklin Police Department were awaiting Hurst at Church Street.
“The last turn made was onto Green Street towards West Main Street,” read the report. “Lt. (K.A.) Lang approached from West Main onto Green Street and the motorcycle came to a stop between our patrol vehicles.” The officers, along with FPD officers Laurie Beegle and Dwayne Cabe, then arrested Hurst.
Hurst, 29, has been charged with driving while impaired, having a fictitious registration card and plate, fleeing and eluding arrest, reckless driving and speeding. Hurst was booked on a $6,000 secured bond.