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April 8, 2014

On foot no more

Man who eluded law enforcement gives himself up

Athens — The man who led Henderson County Sheriff’s Office and Athens Police units on a high-speed chase last week has turned himself in to authorities.

Dustin Kyle Cantrell, 22, surrendered  Saturday on a charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle. He was released later that day after posting $7,500 bond.

Henderson County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Kendell Wellman said in the course of the investigation, Cantrell learned that a warrant was imminent for his arrest, and surrendered without incident.

Shortly after midnight on Thursday, according to HCSO reports, Dep. Roy Cawthon saw the driver of a BMW fail to signal, and run a stop sign on State Highway 59, southwest of Loop 7, near Athens.

Moments later Cawthon confronted the vehicle, but when the deputy got out of his patrol car, the suspect gunned his engine and drove away.

Sheriff Ray Nutt said Cawthon fired four shots at the vehicle, hitting it twice as it sped in the direction of the Athens city limits. No one was injured in the gunfire.

The pursuit entered Athens, and went up and down side roads as the BMW turned left on Bunny Rabbit Road, and exited to other streets in southwest Athens, before making it back to Loop 7.

At times, the car was moving well over 100 miles-per-hour, police said.

HCSO deputies located the abandoned car at 149 Pecan Circle in the Shady Oaks area, but were unable to reconnect with the driver at that time.

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