Two teenagers are in custody for carjacking a man in Nashville. Police say they also lead law enforcement on a chase that ended in La Vergne.
Nineteen-year-old Talisia Muse and 17-year-old Antwan Palmer, Jr. are accused of stealing a black Cadillac from its rightful owner at gunpoint at an apartment complex in South Nashville Thursday.
Metro Police used the vehicle’s GPS to track the stolen car to a Mapco on Waldron Road in La Vergne.
K-9 Officer Justin Darby saw the Cadillac just after 6:00 p.m. He put on his lights, but the driver didn’t pull over. A chase began and it was caught on dash camera.
La Vergne detectives say Muse was the driver.
In the video, you see the Cadillac on I-24 Eastbound swerving around cars and reaching speeds of nearly 90 miles per hour.
Officer Darby is about to call off the chase as it becomes more dangerous. However, the driver exits the interstate and Darby follows.
Muse and her passenger quickly lose control and crash behind Stonecrest Medical Center. They hit two trees and then the car catches fire.
“I would say she probably overdrove her skills,” said La Vergne Police Chief Mike Walker. “There was steam and smoke rolling out from under hood.”
Darby’s dash camera then captures the 17-year-old crawling out from a busted back window. Muse is trapped inside.
“It’s intense. I remember telling her to relax. She was crying, screaming, freaking out, panicking,” Darby told News 2.
Darby and others, including law enforcement and passersby, work to free Muse from the vehicle. Then, Chief Walker and Darby helped bring her and her juvenile passenger into custody.
The chase Thursday afternoon is Darby’s third in six days. Every chase involved a juvenile suspect from Nashville.
“They’re young, they don’t know as much as adults, they tend to be the more dangerous ones,” he said. “It’s very sad. A lot of time we have to make contact with these parents, there’s a lot of parents that act like they don’t care.”
Last week, La Vergne police met with other Middle Tennessee law enforcement agencies to talk about juvenile crime. Chief Walker said they are all facing the same issues.
“The story is the same. It may have different players in it and the locations are different, but the stories are all the same,” said Chief Walker.
Walker said many of the young people they arrest in La Vergne aren’t just from Nashville.
“We’ve arrested juveniles from Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Smyrna, Murfreesboro and Clarksville,” he said.
La Vergne says it is just one police agency in the Mid-State that is trying to find a solution to what it calls a growing epidemic of juvenile crime.
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