Stolen lawn equipment leads to 2-county pursuit - WKRN News 2

Stolen lawn equipment leads to 2-county pursuit

Posted: Updated: Oct 25, 2012 02:51 PM CDT

Authorities in Davidson and Cheatham counties are investigating after what started as a pursuit in Ashland City ended with a foot chase involving two suspects and an undercover Metro police officer.

Officials in Ashland City were following a truck carrying a trailer full of lawn equipment early Thursday morning but at some point, ended their pursuit.

An undercover Metro police detective spotted the truck and started following it.

According to officials, the driver and a female passenger got spooked when the cop pulled behind them as they were driving toward Brick Church Pike, where they pulled over and jumped from the vehicle.

Metro police caught up to the male suspect a short time later at Brick Church Pike and Weakley Avenue in north Nashville.

Officers said he started to run and they ended up using a Taser to take him into custody.

Metro police turned him over to the Chatham County Sheriff's Department for questioning.

The female passenger was taken into custody and has since been released.

A detective later told Nashville's News 2 the trailer carrying the lawn equipment was registered to a suspect who allegedly stole lawn equipment from a Cheatham County man early Wednesday morning.

Jerry Cannon told Nashville's News 2 he heard his RTV start up around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday and spotted a man driving it down his driveway.

Cannon said he got into his truck and confronted the man on a side street nearby.

He said the man tried to run him over, so he discharged a gun and shot two bullet holes into the man's truck.

According to authorities, the rented U-Haul truck used in the incident was returned to a Pleasant View dealer just after Midnight Thursday.

Detectives have since said the truck had damage that matched parts of the crime scene at Cannon's home.  The man who returned the vehicle told authorities he was returning it for his brother.

Rental documents have since confirmed the man's claim and he does not face any charges.

Police are continuing to search for the man who rented the truck and stole two chainsaws and a rifle belonging to Cannon.

The investigation is ongoing.

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