Alert officer turns traffic stop into felony take down


A traffic stop turned into a felony take down in Hendersonville Monday night.   

It all started around 9:30 p.m. on Main Street.   

Police said when they initiated the traffic stop the driver of a 2012 Buick, now identified as Franchescia Robinson, took off.   

Dash cam video shows the 19-year-old making U-turns and driving erratically. Police said speeds reached 70 mph before suddenly Robinson’s tire blew.   

The dash cam captured the moment the tire came apart and went rolling across the road. Police said Robinson then whipped the car into an apartment complex before coming to a stop.   

According to police, Tavarus Brinkley jumped out of the car and hid in an attic under some insulation at a nearby apartment.   

There were several tense moments as officers ordered everyone out of the car at gunpoint. One man in the backseat was ordered to get on the ground on his stomach.   

It was then police discovered two young children, both unrestrained in the car.   

“It has the fuel for disaster,” Lt. Jim Vaughn said.   

Dash cam video shows Sgt. Josh Morrison transform from cop to caregiver as he gently carried one of the babies away from the smoking Buick.   

Police said a 40 caliber gun with an extended magazine capable of holding nearly two dozen bullets was also found. Police said the weapon belongs to Brinkley.   

“The gun was found beside a dumpster,” Vaughn said.   

News 2 has learned that Brinkley has a long history of similar behavior. In 2015, Metro affidavits indicate he was arrested for running from police, possession of cocaine and nearly running over seven children who were playing in the street.   

He is now jailed in Nashville.   

Before Monday, Robinson was only wanted for an invalid license.   

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