A high speed pursuit began on Sunday night after Loretto police officers observed a motorist traveling at 103 mph.



According to the Loretto police department on Sunday around 6:30 p.m. officers observed a motorist traveling Southbound on Hwy 43 near the intersection of Commerce Street at a high rate of speed with RADAR confirming 103 mph.

Two patrol units attempted to stop the motorist with Lawrence County deputies assisting, but once the vehicle's tag was obtained units had to fall back once the driver reached speeds up to 110 mph.

Officers were notified a short time later by Lawrence County E911 that the motorist was once again traveling Southbound on Hwy 43.

Responding units attempted to block the driver before being led on another high speed pursuit towards Lawrenceburg where the driver identified as Elijah Martin reached speeds of 100 mph.

As Martin was driving at a high rate of speed he was also attempting to hit the officer's patrol vehicles, run officers off the road, and drive into oncoming traffic.

Martin then turned onto White Road where he took a curve in a attempt to get back onto Hwy 43, and that's when a Lawrence County deputy acted fast initiating contact with the suspect's vehicle where he was able to safely end the pursuit.

Once Martin was surrounded he still refused to surrender, and officers had to forcibly remove the suspect from his vehicle where he was arrested.

Officers stated that after reviewing video of the pursuit Martin is facing charges of 50 counts of reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest, and resisting arrest where is currently being held without bond.

Authorities are requesting for anyone that was a victim of Martin’s actions on Sunday to please contact the City Hall at 931-853-6797, or by contacting the Lawrence County E911 at 931-762-0450 and ask the dispatchers to speak with a Loretto police officer. The information provided by the victims will help law enforcement in compiling a more complete list of charges to aid in Martin's prosecution.

Photo Credit: Loretto police department/dashcam



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