ESTILL SPRINGS, Tenn. – A pursuit between law enforcement officials and a DUI suspect led to the discovery of a woman’s body inside a car.
Officials with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said around 1 a.m. Sunday, authorities began a pursuit with a driver suspected of driving under the influence. The ensuing chase began in Franklin County and came to an end on a dead-end road in neighboring Coffee County.
Robert Troy Whipple, 46, was identified as the driver of the vehicle. He was taken into custody at the scene.
While attempting to apprehend Whipple, investigators said Sergeant Milton Binkley, with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, was stabbed in the hand and wrist. He was later treated and released from Southern Tennessee Medical Center.
Once Whipple was placed into custody, troopers discovered a woman’s body in the passenger seat of the car.
The victim was identified as 46-year-old Bridgette Haley, of Morristown. Her body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.
Whipple was booked into the Franklin County Jail without bond. The investigation remains ongoing.