A Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy crashed his cruiser Oct. 8 after an early morning high speed chase.

Deputy Cole Morgan said it was around 2:46 a.m. when he attempted to stop a car on Old Athens Road for not having any lights on.

Morgan said the driver stopped at the Village Lane intersection, but when Morgan exited his car, the driver took off.

Morgan said he chased the car to Doc Miller Road where the driver slammed on his brakes two different times in an attempt to get Morgan to hit him, but Morgan managed to stop on time himself.

Morgan said he chased the driver to Gudger Road then onto Highway 411 and went into Englewood where the driver turned at an elementary school, then turned to go back toward Highway 411 but slammed on his brakes again, causing Morgan to hit him this time.

Morgan said the driver was identified as Bradley Eckert and he and a passenger were in the car. Morgan said an officer from Madisonville Police was helping him take Eckert into custody and Eckert began to fight the officer.

Morgan said he then used a Taser to subdue Eckert so he could be taken into custody.

Eckert, 20, listed as homeless, was charged with felony evading arrest, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and driving without a license.

The passenger was released without any charges.

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