NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A police pursuit caused a traffic jam at one of the exit ramps near the Nashville International Airport Tuesday afternoon. Metro Police confirmed six people have been taken into custody.
The chase ended on I-40 at Exit 216 C. That’s the exit for S.R. 255 North and Donelson Pike. TDOT SmartWay map showed the westbound exit ramp closed down for about two hours.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, troopers were doing routine traffic enforcement when a brown Honda Accord was caught on radar going 93mph in a 70mph speed zone around mile marker 230 on I-40.
Troopers started pursuing the speeding car and had ended their pursuit about two miles east of Exit 216 on I-40. The vehicle continued to drive if being pursued and crashed in multiple vehicles at the Donelson Pike 216 Exit.
News 2’s Chelsea Beimfohr spoke to a witness whose car was involved in the wreck. The witness said he was waiting at a red light when a brown Honda Accord came out of nowhere.
“I didn’t know what was coming behind me. You know, you don’t really know what to expect in a situation like that,” said the driver. “I saw people running so I assumed somebody is breaking the law.”
He continued, “Then I was like who’s going to start shooting. You know, you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
The witness said he saw the suspects running from the scene towards nearby hotels.
Metro Nashville police also responded to the scene. After a short time, all six suspects were taken into custody.
Metro police are investigating the driver and passengers for possible involvement in a previous overnight incident in Davidson County.
THP is investigating the crash and said they will only press charges on evading arrest out of Wilson County.
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