KIRBY ARRESTED AFTER HIGH-SPEED CHASE IN CUMBERLAND AND FENTRESS COUNTY

While recently conducting an after-hours business check on Highway 70 North, a Cumberland County deputy observed a Chevy Malibu in the parking lot. When the officer pulled up to the vehicle, the driver sped off.

The deputy engaged his lights and sirens to stop 42-year-old Leonard Edward Kirby, Jr. of Crossville.

The arrest report states Kirby traveled over 5 miles on Creston Road at more than 80 miles an hour. Kirby then turned onto Highway 127, traveling towards Fentress County.

While on Highway 127 for nearly 10 miles, Kirby allegedly swerved into oncoming traffic and exceeded 100 miles an hour. Kirby also turned his lights off on several occasions.

The high-speed pursuit entered Fentress County.

Kirby turned onto Highway 62 and swerved towards an oncoming Fentress County K-9 deputy cruiser. Kirby continued on Highway 62 for nearly 6 miles. He reportedly drove towards a stranded motorist on the side of the highway.

Kirby turned onto Little Hurricane Trail and traveled for about a mile at 75 miles an hour. The chase ended on the 700 block when Kirby turned into a driveway, into a backyard, and collided with a fence.

Kirby was taken into custody.

A check revealed his license was revoked.

The check also showed an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Georgia.

Officers say when Kirby was processed into the Cumberland County jail, corrections officers located a pill bottle concealed in the genital area of Kirby.

Kirby was charged with reckless driving, speeding, evading arrest, driving on a revoked license, failure to yield the right of way, felony reckless endangerment, and introducing contraband into a penal institution.