A 46 year old Smithville man was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital Monday night after a one car wreck near the intersection of Dry Creek Road and New Home Road.
Trooper Bobby Johnson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Roger Rapp, III was driving south on Dry Creek Road in a 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII when he failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the center line, ran off the left side of the roadway, and struck a tree.
Members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department's Extrication and Rescue Team were called to the scene to pop open the car door. DeKalb EMS treated Rapp at the scene. He was later flown from the site by a helicopter ambulance to Vanderbilt Hospital.
According to Trooper Johnson, Rapp passed a county drug detective on Foster Road at a high rate of speed prior to the accident. The detective turned around but couldn't catch up to Rapp until after he crashed.
Charges are pending.