Hendersonville police have had an active spring, chasing teenage criminals from Nashville coming there to steal and break cars.
That was the case again Wednesday morning after five teenagers broke into multiple cars before stealing two in Gallatin and Hendersonville.
The teen suspects led officers on a dangerous, high-speed chase where they literally drove the rubber right off the tires.
“They completely disintegrated,” explains Commander Scott Ryan with Hendersonville PD. “There is nothing but a spindle left on both front wheels.”
It all went down Wednesday morning around 3 a.m. Dash camera video shows Hendersonville officers in hot pursuit of the stolen pick up truck barreling southbound down I-65 toward Nashville.
“That vehicle was running on the rims, throwing sparks, losing chunks of metal that were literally sticking in the front of our patrol cars,” Ryan told News 2’s Andy Cordan.
According to officials, the five teens stole the Ford F-150 out of Nashville and drove to Gallatin where they allegedly broke into at least four other cars and stole another pickup truck that was later recovered.
The teens then traveled to Hendersonville and broke into more cars. Only this time, residents spotted them in the act and called the police.
“We had some alert citizens on top of it — peeking out the windows, giving us a play-by-play,” Ryan said. “As soon as officers roll on the scene, people take off running like rabbits.”
Soon, the chase is on. Dash camera video shows the chase after police deployed spike strips to slow down the F-150.
At this point, the vehicle occupied by three suspects is running on nothing but the rims. The driving is hectic, dangerous and unpredictable.
For the last mile or so, sparks are flying up into the darkness are so think, you can hardly see the pickup truck causing them.
Finally, near the Fern Street exit on I-65 near I-24, the teen driving loses control of the truck and crashes into a rock wall. The suspects bail out of the truck, and officers give chase.
Video shows arriving units using their squad cars to try and block the three teens and allow officers on foot to take them into custody.
Hendersonville police arrested the fourth suspect after his buddies left him behind.
“Apparently they are slow to learn,” Ryan said. “They keep coming and they keep going to jail, and we are going to keep putting them in jail.”
The fifth suspect, identified as Jamie Carter, is still wanted in connection with the crime spree. If you see him or have information regarding his whereabouts, please call Hendersonville Police or our partners at Crime Stoppers.
Gallatin Police have also issued warrants for the teenagers, charging them with at least four counts of auto burglary and one count of auto theft.
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