COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The search continued Saturday for a suspect, wanted in connection with a home invasion in Alabama, who police said led officers on a high-speed pursuit down Interstate 65.
Officials with the Columbia Police Department identified the suspect as 21-year-old Brandon Wayne Richards.
The incident began around 8 p.m. Friday, when Brentwood Police pulled over a vehicle for a traffic stop on I-65 South near the McEwen Drive exit. The vehicle, a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero, was said to be missing a license plate.
Police said Richards and 21-year-old Carolyn Nell Hall were inside the vehicle.
While the officer was conducting a records check on the suspect, the vehicle sped away heading south on I-65.
Officers followed the vehicle and set out spike strips several miles down the road at mile marker 47, near the area of Bear Creek Pike in Maury County. The spike strips caused the vehicle to stop about a mile down the road.
Hall was taken into custody but Richards was able to flee the scene.
Authorities believe he stole a white, Chevrolet pick-up truck from a business in the area. Police said the stolen truck had a Tennessee license plate number of 716-NWX.
Officials said Richards is also wanted for robbery, burglary and receiving stolen property in Crenshaw County Alabama. He should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.
"He could be a big threat and I mean he is a big threat you're looking at an individual who is brandishing a weapon," said Captain Jimmy Tennyson with the Maury County Sheriff's Office.
Hall was booked into the Williamson County Jail on $26,500 on charges of evading arrest, driving without a license and improper display of a license plate.