A Middle Tennessee sheriff's deputy is lucky to be alive after two accused criminals sent law enforcement on a long chase after they allegedly tried to kill a man just minutes before.
It all started in Lawrence County on Wednesday about 10 p.m. Police say 31-year-old Mario Estrada and 23-year-old Crystal Carranza tried to leave a Leoma home with a child while under the influence.
When Randall Davis tried to stop them from taking the child, the pair allegedly stabbed him several times and took off, leaving the child behind.
"Words led from one thing to another, and that's when I think Mr. Estrada and this other individual got into it," said Maury County Sheriff's Capt. Jimmy Tennyson.
Lawrence County deputies chased after the two as they headed northbound on Highway 43 in a maroon van.
Soon, Maury County deputies picked up on the chase. Deputy Chris Webster tried to block the exit ramp onto Highway 50, before he could put down spikes, officials said Carranza sped up, and slammed into the deputy's driver's side door, knocking the mirror off the door.
"Apparently, whatever means that it took or meant to try to get away from being stopped, they were doing everything within their power," Tennyson said.
Authorities say Estrada, covered in blood from the stabbing, then jumped out of the van and tried to make a run for it.
"He is from Columbia, so I guess he was trying to make it back home since he was pretty close within the proximity," Tennyson said.
After chasing Estrada through a nearby subdivision, Maury County deputies Tased him and ended the pursuit.
"No officers hurt. The two individuals - the two defendants - had blood on them, but I believe that occurred over in Lawrence County," Tennyson said.
The entire chase lasted about 30 minutes, spanning across two counties.
"We wanted it to be a safe stop with everyone coming out with a happy ending," Tennyson said.
Estrada and Carranza were booked at the Maury County Jail and face charges in both Lawrence and Maury counties for attempted murder, evading arrest and accessory after the fact.
Davis was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and was last reported to be in stable condition.
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