NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A stolen vehicle hauling equipment was pursued from Cheatham County into Nashville and ended in a major crash Tuesday morning.
The pursuit ended around 9:15 a.m. at the intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Gallatin Pike.
At least four or five vehicles were heavily damaged and as many as three law enforcement vehicles were struck.
“With him going to the point that he’s actually trying to purposely swerve and hit police officers, we felt at this point this is not just a chase for stolen property, he’s actually seriously trying to hurt somebody, possibly even kill somebody. So at that point, we couldn’t just let him go,” Ken Miller of the Cheatham Co. Sheriff’s Dept. said.
At least one law enforcement officer was injured in the crash but it is unknown which department the officer is with.
Austin Deese, who witnessed the chase, described the terrifying situation to News 2, “I thought I was going to die. I thought I was dead, I could see out of the corner of my eye right when the car was passing me, and the tail end started sliding out. I thought I was dead, that was it. The guys in front of me I hear screaming right afterward. It was insane, truly terrifying.”
Spike strips were deployed to help the chase come to an end. Three suspects were involved, two men and one woman. The two male suspects were transported to the hospital.
Three other people were also taken to the hospital.
An officer injured his hand while attempting to deploy spike strips during the pursuit at Port Drive off Old Hickory Boulevard.
A Cheatham County investigator sustained a minor injury in the crash scene.