ATV rider accused of dragging officer has history of assault

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The man accused of dragging a Metro officer on Broadway last weekend as groups of off-road vehicles drover recklessly across Nashville has a history that includes a previous assault against an officer.  

Walter Moss, 30, was taken into custody Wednesday in Springfield after at least 50 tips poured in to Crime Stoppers during the search.  

Moss faces six charges in Nashville for the incident, including aggravated assault, felony reckless endangerment and felony evading.  

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But this isn’t Moss’ first run-in with law enforcement.  

In November 2018, officers in Robertson County searched Moss’ home and reported finding marijuana, cash and digital scales.  

When officers tried to take him into custody, deputies said Moss resisted and started kicking officers. Once outside, he reportedly kicked a lawnmower, causing it to fall on a deputy’s leg and injuring him.  

From that incident, Moss was charged with resisting arrest, aggravated assault on an officer and drug possession.  

Moss was transferred into Metro police custody Thursday. 

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On Saturday, Sgt. John Bourque, a 22-year veteran, was dragged by a four-wheeler along Broadway. He was treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for minor injuries after he was thrown into a metal barricade.  

Another officer received minor injuries but did not require medical attention.

Metro police estimated over 100 people riding dirt bikes, motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs participated in the illegal ride. 

“It’s kind of makes me angry that these guys say, we don’t care what the law is, we don’t care about anyone else but ourselves,” said Sgt. Bourque. 

Officer Bourque thanked the city for its support, speaking publicly for the first time since the incident, reliving what he was fortunate to survive.  

“My thought was how do I get off of here, it was not to arrest the guy or tackle him off of it,” Bourque says. “I didn’t have time, that would’ve been way too difficult to perform, it’s not a movie, it’s real life.”  

During an online video stream of the event, one rider was heard saying they are giving back to the community, though he did not explain how.  

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City officials believe the event was organized and that some riders were from out of town. 

Councilman-at-Large Bob Mendes took pictures of several ATVs outside a short-term rental property near Vanderbilt on Sunday. 

“Somehow these folks are organizing to come to town and be a menace so hopefully we can interdict however they’re organizing,” Mendes told News 2. 

Neighbor Elle Waters said she saw anywhere from six to eight pick-up trucks loaded with four-wheelers and dirt bikes in front of and across the street from her home. 

“Normally, I try to park in front of my house and at one point, they had blocked me in because they were parked in front of my driveway,” said Waters. “I wasn’t aware what was going on. I thought they had a meet or something going on?” 

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