According to a report from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Mike Baldwin responded to a call of an alarm at the Cave City Pawn in the early morning hours of March 6. A witness at the shop told the officer she heard someone kicking the front door, then take off in a white van down nearby Center Street.
The officer located a van fitting the description and activated his blue lights in an attempt to make a traffic stop. The van then fled at a high rate of speed, with Baldwin in pursuit. The vehicle drove to the intersection of a nearby road, where it turned around and headed back toward Cave City still maintaining a high speed. During the pursuit, the vehicle nearly hit Cave City Police Officer David Edwards head on as he responded to the call.
After running a stop sign and a red light on Highway 167, the van continued speeding east on Highway 230 toward Gravel Pit Road where it unsuccessfully attempted to make a turn. About a mile outside the city limits, Baldwin attempted to pass the vehicle and was rammed in the side door by the van driver. The ramming action caused the suspect vehicle to lose control and leave the highway overturning several times.
The suspect, who was not injured in the incident, was identified as Tyler George, 18, of Cave City. He also had a 15 year-old juvenile passenger in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
George admitted to the break-in attempt at the pawn shop, as well as stealing a gun from a vehicle on Flat Rock Road. George told the officers he had been smoking marijuana and was playing chicken with the officers during their pursuit.
George was charged with commercial burglary, a Class C felony; breaking and entering, a Class D felony; theft of property, a Class D felony: aggravated assault, a Class D felony and a felony fleeing charge.
George is currently being held at the Sharp County Detention Center on a $3,000 cash bond, set by District Judge Mark Johnson.