While patrolling at 2:17 a.m. Sunday, Deputy Colby Reed observed a vehicle speeding and driving in the wrong lane on U.S. Highway 231 South (Shelbyville Highway) near Polly Thicket Road.
Deputy Reed turned on the emergency equipment in an effort to stop the driver.
The driver continued to drive on the wrong side of the highway at speeds more than 130 mph.
Traffic was light and the pursuit continued until Deputy Reed came upon the crash less than five minutes later at Marshal Knob Road.
Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
Reports indicate three teens were in the vehicle, one of which died and the other two were flown via Life Flight Helicopter to Vanderbilt Medical Center. Only one had identification with him and it showed that he was only 17-years of age. However, it was later confirmed that two 17 year old's and one 16 year old were in the vehicle. It was a 17 year old who died. No one was wearing a safety belt in the single vehicle accident and charges are said to be pending against the 17 year old male driver.
The car being driven was a Nissan 350Z.
Sheriff Robert Arnold said it a tragedy when someone is killed in a traffic fatality.
"We extend our sympathy to the family," Sheriff Arnold said.