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Man airlifted after crashing in to police cruiser

By Greg Bird

A McCreary man was injured Monday night after fleeing from police and crashing in to a cruiser on Wilburn K. Ross Highway in Stearns.
McCreary County Sheriff Randy Waters identified the victim as Brian Farmington, 23, who was airlifted following the crash, suffering from critical injuries, but he is expected to make a full recovery.
Sheriff Waters stated he observed a motorcycle traveling southbound on Main Street in Whitley City around 10:20 Monday night. When he noticed the taillight was out on the bike he attempted to initiate a traffic stop to caution the driver to get the faulty equipment fixed.
But instead of stopping, the driver sped away along Highway 1651. The Sheriff followed the motorcycle, with his blue lights activated. Sheriff Waters stated the motorcycle wasn’t driving excessively at that point, and maintained a speed of about 55 mile per hour.
When the pursuit reached Stearns and Wilburn K. Ross Highway, the motorcycle began to accelerate quickly, headed toward U.S. 27. The Sheriff reported the motorcycle swerved around at least one vehicle on the roadway.
Deputy Alex Jones responded to the call for assistance on the pursuit, and had parked his cruiser a few hundred feet past the intersection of Wilburn K. Ross and U.S. 27 as a partial roadblock.
The driver of the motorcycle apparently attempted to swerve around the cruiser, but caught the right-front corner of the bumper and crashed, sending Farrington and the bike on to the side of the road.
Farrington reportedly suffered a fractured pelvis and other injuries and was airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment.
Deputy Jones was transported by McCreary County EMS for evaluation after the incident, but was relatively unharmed.
Sheriff Waters stated Farrington had no outstanding warrants and feels there was no reason for the young man to run from him at the time.
Trooper Harrison Wells is in charge of the investigation and charges are pending.
He was assisted at the scene by Sheriff Waters, Deputies Greg Chaney, Charles Perry, Cody Stephens and Terry Baker. Members of the Whitley City Fire Department assisted with traffic control.

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