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PARIS, TN: Paris man arrested after lengthy chase off Highway 79

BY SHELBY FRYE POST-INTELLIGENCER​ ​ ​

A Paris man was arrested early Friday morning after leading authorities on a lengthy chase in Paris and northeast of the city.

Lawrence D. Crosser, 56, of 622 Powell St. was the driver of a black truck that evaded a Paris Police Department patrolman about 3 a.m. Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy William Whitaker took over the pursuit at the intersection of Shady Grove and India roads. He said the truck  turned onto Shady Grove Road and then inbound on Highway 79 northeast of Paris.

The truck continued into Paris before turning right onto Chickasaw Street, then continued to Powell, Curtis, Cooper, Greer and North Poplar streets and then onto Guthrie Road, where it almost hit a vehicle stopped at a stop sign.

When Crosser stopped in the middle of the road at the 3500 block of Guthrie Road. Whitaker pulled up to the driver’s side door to try to prevent anyone from getting out and running, and Sheriff’s Sgt. Blake Jenkins pulled up behind the vehicle.

When Whitaker and Jenkins got out of their patrol vehicles, the driver put the truck in reverse and rammed it into Jenkins’ vehicle.

The driver, then identified as Crosser, was removed from the truck and taken into custody.

An ambulance was called because of a cut on Crosser’s head, but Crosser refused examination.

Crosser was transported to jail and charged with two counts of evading arrest, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and being a habitual motor offender.

He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

His bond was set at $20,000.

In an unrelated incident, a Buchanan man was arrested Thursday night on theft charges after apparently stealing more than $19,000 of items.

Keith Gillespie, 40, of 2664 Clayton Town Road was arrested by Jenkins, whose report indicated the owner of a Clayton Town Road home told him he had been at Reelfoot Lake hunting when his wife called to tell him Gillespie had stolen several guns from his shop, and left in a 1989 recreational vehicle.

The owner knew Gillespie but said he hadn’t seen him in 25 years before letting him park his RV in the driveway to help him out.

He said he got into an argument with Gillespie earlier that day and his wife said after she noticed Gillespie had left, they found several items including the guns to be missing.

At about 9 p.m., Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Bell and Park Ranger Brandon Williams found the RV in a campground in the Paris Landing area.

Jenkins arrested Gillespie without incident and he said he had the guns, but was just holding them for the owner. He also told Jenkins he had been convicted of a felony in Arizona. All stolen items were recovered and returned to the owners.

Gillespie was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and theft totaling over $10,000 and less than $60,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in General Sessions Court. His bond was listed at $30,000.