Suspect charged after chase

Pursuit reaches speeds of more than 120 mph on I-40
Aug 26, 2014
Kerry Sellars

Authorities charged a Lebanon man who allegedly led several law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase early Saturday morning.

Wilson County deputies and Lebanon officers arrested Kerry Mark Sellars, 42, of Lebanon, after he allegedly burglarized a home and evaded arrest after officers pursued him.

Police officers received an alert to be on the lookout for a 2004 Buick LaSabre around 1 a.m. after it was reported stolen from a Lebanon home during a robbery, according to a Wilson County Sheriff’s Department report.

Deputies made contact with the vehicle a short time later on Franklin Road and the driver fled at speeds of more than 120 mph and eventually merged onto Interstate 40 westbound toward Nashville, the report said.

Lebanon police stopped pursuing the vehicle because of danger to other drivers and communicated with Tennessee Highway Patrol and Metro Police about the car.

State troopers and Metro officers later found the vehicle, which appeared to have been wrecked, and took Derrick Waters, 23, of Lebanon, into custody after Waters was dropped off from the vehicle. Sellars fled police and was unseen overnight.

Deputy Jason Anderson located the vehicle the following morning and identified Sellars as the driver.

Anderson followed the car until additional units could arrive in the area due to his patrol car occupied with a woman found on an active warrant.

The vehicle then turned into the Walmart shopping center and attempted to flee from several police officials.

The vehicle finally stopped after police vehicles surrounded it in the parking lot.

Sellars was charged with two counts of theft of property between $10,000-$60,000, burglary of a motor vehicle, driving on a revoked license, vandalism $500 or greater and evading arrest. 

Sellars remained Monday in Wilson County Jail on $78,000 bond. His court date is set for Sept. 25.

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