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Chase ends in fiery crash on I-240 after suspect drags 2 officers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A suspect is in custody after allegedly dragging two police officers, leading police on a chase through South Memphis and crashing a car on I-240.

Police say things began around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 1700 block of Shadowlawn Boulevard.

They were told the suspect might have overdosed in a vehicle.

 

But when officers attempted to approach the vehicle, the driver drove off and dragged two officers, sending them to the hospital.

"I guess it was backing up then he come around, ran across that yard and was driving erratically down the street," said Walter James, who witnessed part of the incident.

Police say the suspect also struck a squad car while fleeing the scene.

"I don't know. These people now just crazy, doing stupid things. I don't understand it myself," said Albert Sanford.

The suspect then led police on a brief pursuit northbound on I-240 before crashing into a road sign just north of Trigg Avenue, causing the suspect's gold Chevy Impala to catch on fire.

"It looks real bad. It looks real bad," said onlooker Laquishia Peters.

"I think he thought he was in a movie or something," said Charles Smith.

The fire was extinguished and the suspect was arrested.

"I just wish it would stop 'cause I got sons growing up and I don't want them to be, you know, in the midst of none of this mess going on," said Peters.

Both injured officers were listed in non-critical condition at the hospital Wednesday afternoon.