News crew captures pursuit while on a ride-along with deputy

CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – News 2 happened to be along for the ride when Cheatham County deputies were led on a high-speed chase by a man who then fled into nearby woods.

It happened late Monday afternoon when Corporal Gary Ola tried to pull over Joshua Phillips, a man with a long criminal history dating back to 1997.

Joshua Phillips
Joshua Phillips

Cpl. Ola didn’t know at the time Phillips was wanted in both Cheatham and Hickman counties until he took off.

Dash cam shows the suspect run a red light and nearly hit a black SUV. He continues driving even when the deputy attempts to stop him.

News 2 was on the ride to investigate if a shortage of deputies affects the sheriff’s office’s ability to respond to calls and also had the cameras rolling.

In our footage, Phillips can be seen turning onto a gravel road before ditching his car and taking off into the woods.

Cpl. Ola takes off after him and soon another deputy arrives who chases Philips as well.

Ashland city police officers arrived to the scene to assist, but the suspect got away.

Even though he is not in custody, Phillips was charged with driving on a revoked license, felony evading arrest and was ticketed for running the red light.

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