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Man gets lost in woods while running from police
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Lonnie Lynn Wheeler, 36, was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident on April 11 after calling authorities to rescue him from the same wooded area he had fled into.Wheeler allegedly crashed a red Toyota pickup truck into a driveway on Highway 70 causing damage to property, then fled the scene. Wheeler's truck was reportedly found at the intersection of Brent Taylor Road and Highway 70.A passenger in the truck told deputies that Wheeler was the driver and that he had fled the scene on foot.Later that evening Wheeler reportedly placed a 911 call from his cell phone and told the dispatcher that he was lost in the woods in the Midway Road area.The Rescue Squad and TWRA eventually located Wheeler in the woods, and the sheriff's department took him into custody.His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court May 3.Meanwhile, a 25-year-old Cookeville man was arrested and charged with burglary and theft of property over $1,000 on April 20. According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Brandon Troy Hayes cut the lock off a building on Hamby Hill Road and broke in on Nov. 7 of last year.Hayes allegedly stole a power washer, a drill, a chainsaw, a circular saw, a leaf blower, and several other items.The total value of the reported items is more than $1,000.Sheriff's department detectives investigating the case determined that Hayes was responsible for the theft.His bond was set at $10,000, and he will be in court April 26.