ABOVE: The stolen car after it was stopped with spike strips. // MNPD PHOTO
METRO NASHVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
A 17-year-old arrested late Wednesday night by Juvenile Crime Task Force officers after they spiked the tires of the stolen Toyota Camry in which he was riding was arrested the prior night by Task Force officers after he bailed from a different stolen car after its tires were spiked.
In Wednesday night’s case, North Precinct Officer Justin Vaughn was on his way home in his personal car when he saw the stolen 2018 model Camry bearing an Iowa tag traveling on Rosa L. Parks Boulevard near Dominican Street. Officer Vaughn was aware that the vehicle had been stolen June 1 from a family staying on 10th Avenue North while in Nashville on vacation. Officer Vaughn used his walkie-talkie to radio his discovery to Juvenile Crime Task Force officers. They got behind the Camry and tried to stop it. The driver refused to pull over and quickly accelerated. Officers did not pursue the car, but rather set up spike strips ahead of the attempted stop. The car was successfully spiked at Rosa L. Parks Boulevard and Harrison Street. Three males and two females bailed from the car and ran. Officers gave chase and apprehended the three males. They were shocked to see the 17-year-old from the night before.
Inside the Camry was a fully loaded nine-millimeter pistol with a round in the chamber (not reported stolen), along with several laptops and electronic items that are believed to have been stolen.
The 17-year-old, along with the other two males, Baye Summers, 18, and Malik Buchanan, 20, are charged with vehicle theft, unlawful gun possession and evading arrest. Additionally, Summers and Buchanan are charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
In Tuesday night’s case, Juvenile Crime Task Force officers spotted a 2017 Jeep Cherokee that had been stolen in Clarksville. It was traveling inbound on Dickerson Pike. Officers tried to stop it with blue lights and siren near the Dickerson Pike/Joseph Avenue intersection. It fled from officers at a high rate of speed. An MNPD helicopter flew into the area and began covertly monitoring the Jeep. Officers ahead of it successfully spiked the tires at the Dickerson Pike/Trinity Lane intersection. Three occupants bailed and ran. Officers chased and arrested the 17-year-old along with a 16-year-old. They were charged Tuesday night with vehicle theft and felony evading arrest. The 15-year-old accomplice who they said was with them got away.