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News Franklin man arrested after high speed chase

Ian Alexander NealA Franklin man was arrested last week after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase through two counties.

After being blue-lighted by Jackson County Sheriff’s Officers in the early morning hours last Friday, Ian Alexander Neal, 23, fled the pursuing officers on U.S. 441 south heading toward Macon County. According to Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland, it was at that point that his officers were alerted and began assisting the pursuit.

At approximately 2:42 a.m., Neal reportedly drove over spiked stop strips deployed by the Franklin Police Department as he arrived near the intersection of 441 South and Dowdle Mountain Road. During the chase, the suspect reached speeds of 115 miles per hour, according to Holland.

As the tires were punctured, the suspect’s vehicle came to a halt in the median. Neal then allegedly exited the vehicle and began to run from officers; a short foot chase ensued up a roadside embankment and into a wooded area near Dowdle Mountain Road.

“The suspect was commanded to stop,” said Holland. “When he didn’t comply, one of my officers were able to chase him down and deploy a taser which did stop him.”

Neal was arrested and charged with two felony counts of fleeing arrest, two misdemeanor counts of speeding, two misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked, two misdemeanor counts of reckless driving to endanger, two misdemeanor counts of failure to heed lights or sirens, and singular misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer, driving while impaired, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana.

Neal was booked at the Macon County Detention Center on a $24,000 secured bond and was released on bail Monday.

On Wednesday, Neal appeared in District Court and continued his case to Sept. 21, waiving his right for a court appointed attorney, hiring attorney Rob Hensley to represent him.

Sergeant A.C. Stahl, the lead pursuing officer, arrested Neal with officers Stephanie Robbins and Anthony Hopkins assisting.





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