A 15-year-old is in custody after he allegedly stole an SUV that was left unattended and running in a North Nashville driveway.
The victim told police he left the vehicle running unattended while he ran inside to grab a coat.
Metro police used a GPS tracker to find the vehicle on Miners Cove in Antioch.
A short police chase then ensued around 8:00 a.m.
“The car flew up the street, and the driver saw it was a dead end,” said witness Lisa Quinn. “By the time they got turned around, all the cops were here waiting for them.”
Quinn said the suspects tried to go around police by driving through several yards before crashing into a tree.
“I was sitting there with my girlfriend and I heard a loud crash and immediately I got up to see what it was,” said neighbor Andrew McClure. “I went out and saw a car crashed into the tree right there. Four or five police cars roll up. I hear the helicopter going over. That was crazy so I’m like something must have gone bad.”
After the crash, the suspects took off running.
Two schools along Richards Road in Antioch were placed on a precautionary lockdown Wednesday morning while Metro officers searched for the two car theft suspects.
J. E. Moss Elementary and Apollo Middle School were both placed on lockdown, according to a Metro Nashville Public Schools spokesperson.
Police chased one of the suspects ran toward J. E. Moss and was tackled outside the school and arrested by officers. He is 15-years old.
The other suspect remains at large.