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State Trooper Apprehends California Murder Suspect in Jefferson County

Monday, September 17, 2012 | 10:12am

NASHVILLE --- A Tennessee state trooper over the weekend apprehended a man wanted for murder in California while on patrol in Jefferson County.

Trooper Travis Raines observed a vehicle allegedly speeding early Saturday on State Highway 341 in Jefferson County. Trooper Raines turned his patrol car in an attempt to stop the vehicle.  The vehicle then turned and drove towards the patrol car. The vehicle attempted to make a left turn on to State Highway 113 when it crashed into a ditch.  Trooper Raines apprehended the driver, Taylor Michael Henthorne, 20, of Lathrop, Calif., after he exited the vehicle and started to run on foot in an attempt to escape. Trooper Raines took Henthorne into custody. He was assisted by a White Pines police officer.

Further investigation revealed that Henthorne was wanted for felony murder in San Joaquin County, Calif. Henthorne was transported to the Jefferson County Jail. In addition to being a fugitive from justice, Henthorne was also charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, evading arrest, reckless driving, speeding, failure to show due care, and financial responsibility.

Henthorne is being held without bond pending extradition to California. A photo of the suspect can be obtained from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public.  The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention. 

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