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Wilson burglary suspect captured
One still at large
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A Wilson County man is in custody after a high-speed chase and car crash Monday night.At press time DeKalb and Wilson County authorities were still searching for at least one other person near the intersection of Short Mountain Highway and New Home Road.Davien Brown, 33, of Lebanon was arrested after the Jeep Cherokee the suspects were driving crashed into a corn field just after 1 a.m.Brown and the unknown fugitive are suspected of committing a string of burglaries in Wilson County, possibly as many as nine within the last seven days.According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, the suspects were nearly caught in the act of burglarizing L& C Market in Watertown.Wilson County authorities dispatched to investigate a report of a burglary in Watertown reportedly arrived in time to see the Jeep speed away from the scene, and pursued.The sheriff said a cash drawer from the store and boltcutters believed to have been used to break into the business were found in the wrecked Cherokee. Ray said his department received a call from Wilson County at 12:52 a.m. notifying them that the pursuit was approaching DeKalb County.A DeKalb deputy took over the chase on Highway 70 near DeKalb West School at 12:56 a.m.The pursuit reportedly continued toward Smithville, reaching speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.The Jeep then turned onto New Home Road near Kilgore's Restaurant.The chase travelled the length of New Home Road, where the Cherokee drove through the intersection with Short Mountain Highway and into a corn field at about 1:05 a.m.The suspects then exited the vehicle and attempted to flee the scene on foot.Ray said a call came in from the 5000 block of Short Mountain Highway at 1:11 a.m. reporting that residents of a nearby home had gotten out of bed when they heard the sirens, and heard someone trying to open their back door.When they turned on porch light they said the saw a man holding a flashlight running away from the residence.Ray said deputies from DeKalb and Wilson amassed at the scene to search for the fugitives.A K-9 unit was brought in from Wilson County, and a THP helicopter was requested, but the search from the air could not be cleared because of weather conditions.Residents within a two-mile radius received a reverse 911 call alerting them to the situation.Brown was taken into custody after the Wilson K-9 found him at 2:54 a.m.He was not armed.A DeKalb EMS unit was called to treat Brown for dog bites, and to make sure he was not seriously injured.Sheriff Ray is asking residents in the vicinity to be aware and to report anyone who looks to be suspicious.