A Ripley man was arrested last week, charged with the aggravated assault of a police officer, after allegedly leading officers on a high-speed pursuit through a school zone Friday.
According to the Tipton County Sheriff's Office, just before 3 p.m., a deputy was working traffic control for dismissal at Austin Peay Elementary School on Hwy. 14 when he saw a red sportscar pass three other vehicles in a no passing area.
Sources say the deputy tried to pull the sportscar over as its driver turned onto Mt. Carmel Road and sped up and topped hills on the wrong side of the road.
The sheriff's office said another deputy and a Covington Police officer set up a road block at Mt. Carmel and Mueller Brass Roads, half a mile from headquarters.
The vehicle allegedly approached the intersection, came to a stop, then sped off, reportedly nearly striking deputies.
The vehicle pursuit eventually ended on East Street and its driver, later identified as Emmett Obryan Miller, fled the scene on foot. He was captured after a brief physical struggle on Sherrod Avenue.
Though the situation could have been much worse, no one was injured during the incident.
"We are fortunate that deputies, officers and citizens were not injured during this incident," said Sheriff Pancho Chumley. "It was apparent that Miller was not going to stop his vehicle until he was surrounded and fled on foot. I'm glad he didn't hit any children or other vehicles in the school zone."
The passenger of the vehicle, 23-year-old Caitlan Sprayberry of Ripley, reportedly told police that she'd been kidnapped during a carjacking, however she recanted her story and confirmed Miller was her boyfriend.
Miller, 20, of ARP Central Road in Ripley, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault of a police officer, evading arrest, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, speeding, driving left of center and resisting arrest.
He remains in custody on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Tipton County General Sessions Court on Dec. 10.