NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A big police presence was seen on Interstate 65 early Tuesday morning after a pursuit ended in a crash.
The pursuit came to an end in the southbound lanes of I-65 near Fern Avenue, just north of downtown Nashville.
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Metro police told News 2 that the incident began after 26-year-old Dalton Parks was approached by officers in the 200 block of Tusculum Road.
Law enforcement said it was discovered that Parks had an outstanding warrant from Williamson County, but he fled the scene in his vehicle.
Authorities located Parks again in the 900 block of Richards Road, where they attempted to stop the vehicle. Metro police said instead of stopping, Parks revved his engine, struck a patrol vehicle while the officer was still inside and fled the scene.
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Law enforcement then pursued the 26-year-old’s vehicle with blue lights and sirens activated. The pursuit reached all the way onto I-65 near Trinity Lane.
According to Metro police, officers were able to deploy spike strips to stop Parks’ vehicle. He later crashed after crossing over into the southbound lanes of I-65 near Fern Avenue.
Parks allegedly physically resisted arrest as officers attempted to place him into handcuffs. While investigating the scene, a mother dog and five puppies were found. Metro police said the dogs were “extremely emaciated from malnourishment.”
Parks was taken into custody and charged with vandalism of government property, resisting arrest, felony evading, driving on a suspended license, assault of an officer and five counts of aggravated animal cruelty.
The puppies are expected to be OK and are now in the care of Metro Animal Care and Control, according to Metro police.
Metro Animal Care and Control told News 2 that the puppies and mom will be held for evaluation, pending a police investigation of those arrested after the crash.
Additional details were not immediately released.