Martin man caught after high speed chase in Henry County

Numerous officers from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Department and Stewart County Sheriff’s Office congregate on East Wood Street after a white Dodge Charger (left) was stopped near the intersection with Fairgrounds Road/Chickasaw Road at 12:40 a.m. Thursday. The driver, identified as Nathan Shawn Brackett, 42, of Martin, had led officers from Stewart County on a high-speed chase into Henry County and all the way into Paris. He was taken to the Stewart County jail in Dover.

A Martin man reached speeds of up to 130 mph in leading officers from Paris, Henry County and Stewart County in a car chase early Tuesday morning.

Nathan Shawn Brackett, 42, was arrested near the intersection of East Wood Street and Fairgrounds Road/Chickasaw Road as he was heading toward downtown Paris.

Two sets of spike strips placed on the road successfully pierced the tires of the white Dodge Charger that Brackett drove and slowed it down about 12:30 a.m. 

According to an incident report by Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. Jim Sanders, the second set of spike strips were placed by the Paris Police Department in the 3000 block of East Wood Street and allowed Sanders to catch up and force Brackett to stop.

Sanders wrote that Brackett had reduced control of the car and was approaching a more populated area with no obvious intention to stop, so he performed a “maneuver” to end the pursuit. Sanders rammed the front of his patrol car into the rear driver’s side of the Charger and spun it around. The report indicated that there was no other traffic in the area.

Brackett apparently tried to drive off again but a Stewart County officer blocked him off with his vehicle. Other units then surrounded the Charger and apprehended Brackett. 

Brackett was taken into custody about 12:40 a.m. and taken to the Stewart County jail in Dover. He was charged with reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, evading arrest, reckless driving, speeding, failure to maintain lane control and violation of the light law. 

He was given a bond set at $10,000. 

A female passenger was also in the vehicle with Brackett. She told officers that she was pregnant and because she had been taken to the ground by Stewart County officers, she was taken to Henry County Medical Center for evaluation. The report did not mention if she faces any charges.

The pursuit had begun in Stewart County, crossed the Ned McWherter Bridge into Henry County and continued all the way into Paris. By the time it was complete, about a dozen patrol cars from various agencies were behind Brackett’s car.

In an unrelated incident, several guns were stolen from a house on Old State Route 76 sometime in the last week.

The firearms taken include an FDE color Cetme .308-caliber rifle, a black 9 mm Smith and Wesson pistol and a black Ruger 10-22 with a silver fluted barrel.

The owner of the guns told Sheriff’s Lt. Lance Perry he believes they were taken on Friday because he heard a doorknob make a noise when he arrived at his home that day, an incident report indicated. 

The guns were last seen by the owner on Thursday.

The total value of the guns was estimated at $1,300.

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