Suspected car thief accused of hiding in Nashville riverbank for hours

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A man accused of stealing a car and running from Metro police was arrested Sunday after an hours-long search.

According to an arrest affidavit for Jacob Root, 26, officers put out an alert Saturday night for a stolen White Acura TL that was seen traveling in the area of Whites Creek Pike and West Trinity Lane.

Police observed the stolen car around 11 p.m. driving on West Trinity Lane near Buena Vista Pike. The driver parked outside of a Walgreens on Clarksville Pike.

When the suspect emerged from the vehicle, officers said they identified themselves and told the suspect to stop. He refused and ran from the scene.

As the suspect raced across Clarksville Pike, police said he dropped what appeared to be a black handgun but turned out to be an imitation glock BB gun.

Around 1 a.m. Sunday, police received a report of an individual who matched the suspect description banging on doors in the same area.

Officers spotted Root and said he ran from police and was tracked to the Cumberland riverbank where he reportedly hid for several hours.

Police said around 3 a.m. they heard movement in the wood line on the river bank and saw the suspect run behind a location on Clarksville Pike where he jumped into a dumpster.

A K9 was used to track Root and take him into custody.

He faces several charges including vehicle theft.

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