COPY-Suspect in MO, TN bank robberies arrested after leading deputies on chase

A man suspected of robbing banks in Missouri and Tennessee was arrested Monday after the Shelby County Sheriff's Office says he led deputies on a high speed chase in a stolen car.

Bobby Yates, who goes by "Trey," was wanted on several outstanding warrants for robbing the Patriot Bank last week in Barretville, Tennessee in Shelby County.

According to the affidavit, the Memphis Police Department were notified about a carjacking from the 1100 block of Jackson Avenue and began electronically tracking the car Monday. Memphis police told Shelby County deputies the stolen car, a red 2006 Toyota Solara, would be traveling into their jurisdiction.

A BOLO was issued and a deputy saw the car traveling quickly on Highway 70 near Green Lee Street in Arlington. The deputy tried to stop the car, but the driver, identified as Bobby Yates, did not stop.

Yates continued driving into Fayette County and crossed into Tipton County. Tipton County deputies joined the chase. The chase continued on Highway 59 and ended when he crashed the car on Mark Walker Jr Drive, according to the affidavit.

Yates was taken to Regional Medical Center after the crash. He is charged with intentionally evading arrest in an automobile.

According to police in Thayer, Missouri, Yates is also a suspect in the robbery of the Great Southern Bank. That robbery happened Wednesday, April 22. Several surveillance photos were released by the Thayer Police Department.

Yates has outstanding warrants for the Patriot Bank robbery along with other burglaries, thefts, and the carjacking. 

He is due in court Wednesday morning on the evading arrest charge.

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