A Tennessee man severed his penis and threw it out of his car window during a police pursuit last Wednesday. He told police voices on the radio told him the self-mutilation would save the world. 

Tyson Gilbert, 39, from Cookeville, TN, led police on a chase through two counties in as he headed toward the Interstate.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper was the first to see Gilbert had mutilated himself after seeing the man, who was driving naked, covered in blood, the Daily Mail reports. 

He was eventually stopped by members of the Alexandria Police Department who managed to box in his car on the highway just before he reached the Interstate.

He was taken into custody and transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, though it is not known if his appendage was retrieved for reattachment. 

Responding to a request from Newsweek, the THP public information office confirmed many of the details related to the pursuit and condition of Gilbert on Wednesday morning, including that he suffered from what appeared to be a self-inflicted wound. Due to the preliminary nature of the information and the ongoing investigation, the office could not immediately confirm the more outlandish aspects of Gilbert's reported injury.   

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