Shots fired before car chase ends in blaze

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Lewisburg man was allegedly the driver who led law enforcement personnel on a high-speed, multi-county chase Saturday night.

The driver, identified as Toby Wade Youngblood, 25, of Lewisburg, fired at a Rutherford County deputy shortly before the chase ended, officials said.

The multi-county chase began when a state trooper allegedly saw a man urinating beside Interstate 24 in Bedford County and ended with shots fired from a burning car in Murfreesboro late Saturday night about 11 p.m.

Youngblood led State Trooper Barry Qualls from State Highway 64 near Beech Grove to Wartrace where he turned around, retraced his route and entered northbound Interstate 24 at Beech Grove.

Speeds reached as high as 90 mph on Highway 64 and Interstate 24, police scanner traffic indicated, before two spike strips were placed across the roadway in Murfreesboro by law enforcement agencies.

The chase continued at 50 mph for several miles in Murfreesboro after all tires were flattened and two wheels came off the Dodge Stratus, officials said.

The shots were fired just before the car caught fire and its engine failed near the State Route 840 interchange in Murfreesboro. Youngblood and passengers Jessie Neal Sharp, 45, of Lewisburg and Nichole Ann Osmon, 24, of Columbia were arrested without incident, officers said. The chase lasted about 30 minutes.

Youngblood is charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, second offense driving under the influence, evading arrest by motor vehicle, felony possession of a weapon, possession of a handgun while under the influence and possession of marijuana for resale. He is being held without bond at Bedford County Jail.

Sharp is charged with indecent exposure and public intoxication and is being held in lieu of $2,500 bond. Osmon, charged with DUI by allowance, was released on $3,000 bond.