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Man wrecks car and keeps driving with deputy watching

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - A 26-year-old Cleveland man remains behind bars after he drove through an intersection and crashed his vehicle. He kept driving. He didn't realize a sheriff's deputy was watching.

Alex Hernandez, now faces charges of evading arrest, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, vehicular assault and driving under the influence. His bond totals $40,250.

A Hamilton County Sheriff's Office deputy was sitting at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Chestnut Street in Chattanooga where the crash happened Sunday morning, according to the affidavit of complaint.

He heard what sounded like two vehicles colliding before watching a gray 2007 Infiniti with heavy front end damage continue driving.

The car was smoking and sparking with all airbags deployed as it turned on to Martin Luther King Boulevard.

The deputy pursued the Infiniti which did not come to a stop until it crashed near the intersection of Rossville Avenue and Main Street.

Hernandez reportedly acted like he was going to run and was thrown in the back of a patrol car. He had urinated in his pants and had slurred speech.

Hernandez's passenger was moaning with pain. He had blood all over his face, shirt and right arm.

A glass marijuana pipe was in plain view. Authorities searched the vehicle and also found marijuana.

Hernandez was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also had a charge for financial responsibility.

His next court date is set for Sept. 3 before Hamilton County Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck.

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