The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a high-speed chase that came to a deadly end over the weekend, and police say as far as they can tell it was all over a speeding ticket.
Shelbyville officers say a man was speeding and nearly ran over one of them before colliding with another vehicle. The driver died, and another man was sent to the hospital.
Officers say they tried to stop 22-year-old Michael Sudberry for speeding, but police dashboard camera video shows his car taking off instead.
"He didn't have any tail lights or brake lights, so we couldn't tell when he was braking. I think, according to the officer, he looked like he disappeared into thin air," said Shelbyville Deputy Police Chief Michael Rogers.
At one point in the video, an officer appears to try and wave Sudberry down, but Sudberry nearly runs him over.
"Turned his wheels towards the officers and gunned his car," Rogers said.
Sudberry's vehicle is then seen plowing through several intersections with stop signs until a sudden and violent crash ends the pursuit.
His car is seen colliding into another vehicle driven by a man on his way home who never saw it coming.
Sudberry died, and the man he hit went to the hospital with injuries.
And police say it all could have been prevented if Sudberry had stopped and accepted his speeding ticket.
"Most of the time, nothing good comes out of police pursuits. I don't understand why they just don't stop and get the ticket and go on," Rogers said.
Sudberry, officials said, has been in trouble with the law before, but former high school classmates we spoke with said he was a nice young man who came from a good family and said they wished he had simply pulled over instead of fleeing.
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Friday, August 29 2014 4:14 PM EDT2014-08-29 20:14:56 GMT
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