DICKSON, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Dickson motocross rider is accused of leading half the police force on an hour-long chase across fields, woods, and through backyards.
The 19-year-old finally laid down his motorcycle in a resident’s yard after the cat-and-mouse chase. He was then taken into custody, police told News 2.
It all began Wednesday at 1 p.m. when Dickson police initiated a pursuit of Wade Hunt. He was allegedly riding a non-street legal Kawasaki 450.
Lt. Todd Christian was one of 10 Dickson officers chasing the off-road racer, trying to corral him into specific areas in order to catch him.
“It wasn’t a full hour of an active pursuit. We’d get behind the motorcycle, activate the emergency equipment trying to stop him, and he would take off behind houses and fields and go off road,” Lt. Christian said.
“So we’d lose contact. Get his location, and when he popped back out we’d try again and he would down shift, go into the woods, and we’d lose him again and we’d turn the equipment off,” he explained.
The lieutenant noted, “You can outrun a police car, but the radios we have are hard to outrun.”
The 19-year-old was charged with five counts of evading arrest, one count of felony vandalism, one count of reckless endangerment, one count of reckless driving, and one count of misdemeanor vandalism.
Police say the reckless endangerment charge happened when Hunt allegedly rode on sidewalks and through the breezeway at a nearby high school.
“The SRO said he was on the property at Dickson High School, on the sidewalk. Students were diving out of the way trying not get hit and then he went to the practice football field doing donuts,” Lt. Christian explained.
During his arrest, the 19-year-old allegedly said to officers that he didn’t think they could catch him, but they did, so “my hat’s off to you.”
Hunt has no previous criminal history. At last check, he remained in the Dickson County jail charged with multiple felonies under a $24,000 bond.