A Friday morning routine traffic stop in the south end of Macon County sent police on a search for 20-year-old Derek Nichols.
Around 5 a.m. on Friday morning, Macon County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull over a vehicle near Prentiss Bridge Road due to a taillight being out. After police activated blue lights to pull over the vehicle, the driver turned down Clarks Chapel Road onto Tessentee Road trying to evade police.
After a brief chase, the vehicle was stopped after a minor accident with a trailer. The suspect, who was later identified as Nichols, took off on foot. The MCSO K9 unit was called in to track Nichols. During the foot search, officers recovered several items believed to belong to Nichols including a shoe, a hat and a cell phone.