Shelby County deputies capture suspects after pursuit, chase

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County authorities searched for suspects in southeast Shelby County after a traffic stop led to a chase and crash.

As WREG reporter Peter Fleischer was doing a ride-along with deputies Tuesday evening around 5 p.m., sheriff's deputies started chasing two armed men.

Law enforcement tried to make a stop off Holmes Road and Easterly, but the car in question did not stop. Deputies chose not to pursue.

That same car was found a short time later having crashed off Shelby Drive, near Southwind High.

Two suspects fled the vehicle into a wooded residential area nearby.

Deputies said they found Martez Winton, 19, and Brian Franklin, 20, after the crash Tuesday night. The two suspects are facing felony drug charges and charges for evading law enforcement.

Deputies say marijuana was found in the car.

The sheriff's office Tuesday was doing an “enhanced patrol” operation in southeast Shelby County due to an increase in property crimes. Local media was invited to attend the ride-along for Operation All In, in which hundreds of law enforcement officers serve warrants, write tickets and visit areas plagued with high crime the last two months.

“We’re going to go out tonight and see if we can’t stop some of these car break ins, some of these burglary rings and any particular crime," Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner said of Operation All In.

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