Suspect in custody after leading police on chase along I-24

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PLEASANT VIEW, Tenn. (WKRN) — A pursuit came to a close in Cheatham County Wednesday following a police chase along Interstate 24.

Authorities were able to arrest Robert Allen Jr. about six hours after his original encounter with Cheatham County Deputies.

According to the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were dispatched to Bandy Road just before 11 a.m. Wednesday for reports of a man sleeping in a car. It was also confirmed by Ashland City Police that the occupant, Allen, had pre-existing warrants for his arrest.

Robert Allen Jr.

Once on the scene, deputies spotted what appeared to be an AR-15 in Allen’s front seat.

As deputies attempted to wake him up, Allen started his car, drove out of the driveway, across the yard and directly at a sergeant, missing him.

A chase then ensued on Valley View Road, reaching speeds in excess of 85 miles per hour. Due to the danger involved, deputies ended the chase.

Later, Metro Nashville Police reported Allen had crashed at the intersection of Gray’s Point Road and Little Marrowbone Road in northwest Davidson County. Metro Police searched for Allen at the scene but did not locate him.

At 3 p.m., Metro Police reported seeing the suspect in the 7200 block of Whites Creek Pike in Joelton. Shortly after, Allen took off toward I-24, heading westbound.

Cheatham County Deputies, officers from the Pleasant View Police Department and Metro Air One pursued the suspect as he drove erratically on I-24.

Allen got off the interstate at Exit 19, turning into Robertson County. There, Robertson County Deputies were waiting with spike strips, but Allen was able to avoid them. In the process, he also swerved toward a deputy but missed.

The suspect was able to get back on I-24, where he continued to speed past cars while driving on the right shoulder. At Exit 24, Allen made an effort to avoid spike strips, but he drove his vehicle off the roadway.

Allen crashed into a field after going through the right-of-way fence near Exit 24. His car caught on fire, burning the field around it as well.

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Police say the man then ran from his vehicle following the crash. After searching near the Lowe’s Direct Fulfillment Center on York Road, authorities found Allen hiding in a barn nearby.

He was taken into custody without further incident.

Allen now faces the following charges:

  • Reckless Endangerment (Felony)
  • Evading Arrest by Motor Vehicle (Felony)
  • Assault against a First Responder (Felony)
  • Driving on a Suspended License (Misdemeanor)

He is currently being held at the Cheatam County Jail for a bond hearing. There are also further charges pending in Robertson County.

Officials say there were no injuries to the public reported. One officer suffered a minor foot injury in the pursuit, but he should be okay.

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