JEFFERSON CITY (WATE) – The Jefferson City Police Department is crediting the quick action of Carson-Newman students with saving the lives of both officers involved in crash late Friday night.
The officers were responding to a disturbance call on West Ellis Street. Upon their arrival, they encountered an SUV parked in the drive. Officer’s approached to speak with the occupants of the vehicle when the SUV sped away in the officers direction, forcing the officers to flee from the vehicles path. The initial officers tried to find the suspect’s vehicle but were unable to.
Moments later, JCPD officer Scott Winstead notified the other units via radio that they had been involved in a serious car crash at the intersection of George Avenue and King Street, only a few blocks away from the disturbance call. A Carson-Newman security guard, Lucas Trent, was also in the Winstead’s patrol car.
When officers responded to that call, they quickly determined that the vehicle that struck Winstead’s vehicle was the same SUV that fled from the scene just moments earlier. It was apparent that the suspect vehicle failed to stop at the intersection and struck the sergeant’s car at a high rate of speed.
Several nearby Carson-Newman University students noticed that the sergeant’s car had caught fire. They immediately extinguished the flames while they and arriving officers pulled the entrapped sergeant and a C-NU Department of Public Safety officer from the vehicle. JCPD says their heroic actions likely saved both officers.
Sgt. Winstead was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by Lifestar where he remains hospitalized with serious injuries. The C-NU officer is also hospitalized at UT Medical Center. Both officers are expected to survive. One male occupant in the SUV was transported to UT Medical Center and one female occupant was found to be deceased at the scene.
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Carson Newman security guard Lucas Trent and Jefferson City Police Officer Sergeant Scott Winstead, were transported to University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Trisha Lucas, Lucas Trent’s mother, says he has some rough days ahead of them.
“He is very sore of course. Going to have some rough days ahead till the injuries heal up, his memory still isn’t the greatest but I think it’s a blessing in disguise. We are all thankful he is still with us and grateful to everyone on scene and here at the hospital for taking care of him,” she said.
Sgt. Winstead works on campus as part of an innovative contractual partnership between the University and the JCPD.
The university went on to say in the post that their vehicle was hit by a speeding SUV. There were two occupants in the SUV, one was injured, one killed.
Jefferson City police chief said Tennessee Highway Patrol is handling the case.
The identity of the deceased has not been released.
Trent’s mother says she wants to extend gratitude for everyone that is sending flowers to both Lucas and Scott. And the prayers. She says to keep them coming.