Man taken into custody after SWAT situation in downtown Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A convicted felon was taken into custody after a SWAT situation involving a car that crashed into the Hill Detention Center in downtown Nashville Thursday morning.

Metro police said an officer was flagged down around 7 a.m. by a person who witnessed the collision outside the old jail on Second Avenue North at Gay Street.

The officer looked inside the car, which was locked and still running, and saw the driver was unconscious, according to police. They said the officer could see a pistol and a bottle of vodka in the front passenger seat.

Metro police said the department’s Special Response Tactical Unit was called in because of the presence of the weapon inside the vehicle.

While News 2 was on the scene, the SRT made announcements over a loud speaker for the driver to exit the vehicle, but when he remained unresponsive, a flash bang was heard and the man, who had regained consciousness, was pulled from the vehicle.

That man, identified by police as Willie Parham III, was taken into custody on charges of felony drug possession, DUI and being a felon in possession of a handgun.

Detectives said Parham admitted to taking Xanax and marijuana. He refused to provide a blood sample, so a search warrant was obtained for a mandatory blood sample, according to investigators.

Inside of Parham’s car, officers said they recovered the pistol and a one gallon bag containing 406.6 grams of marijuana.

Parham, who was also booked on outstanding warrants charging him with a probation violation and criminal impersonation, was held on a $34,500 bond.

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