Suspect involved in high-speed chase in Rutherford Co. had drugs - WSMV Channel 4

Suspect involved in high-speed chase in Rutherford Co. had drugs in his system

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The area around the crash was closed while investigators were on the scene. (WSMV) The area around the crash was closed while investigators were on the scene. (WSMV)
There was a large police presence at the scene of the crash. (Source: Kay Rose) There was a large police presence at the scene of the crash. (Source: Kay Rose)
MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

A woman was killed after a suspect in a high-speed chase crashed in Rutherford County on Friday afternoon.

Police said the chase started in Coffee County after Garieon Simmons, 28, stole a black SUV. Officers with the Manchester Police Department and Coffee County Sheriff’s Department were the first to give chase.

The chase went into Rutherford County before it ended at Church Street and Veterans Parkways.

Witnesses said the suspect was speeding westbound on Church Street when he hit a car head-on.

According to the preliminary report, Simmons had drugs in his system at the time of the crash. The report also shows Simmons originally gave police the wrong name saying his name was "Demario Watkins."

Three other vehicles were involved in the crash. The Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed a Jessica Campos, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said an infant who was also in the car with the victim survived.

The infant’s condition is unknown at this time, but police a car seat likely saved the child’s life.

The suspect was transported by helicopter to the hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department has a protocol for dealing with police chases. It says a pursuit can proceed past the county line if:

  • Another deputy or person’s life is at risk
  • A felony is involved
  • The supervisor approves

It is unclear if all protocol was followed in this chase. Criminal charges against Simmons are pending. 

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