Suspect In-Custody After Fleeing From Officers and Crawling into a Storm Drain

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Following extrication from a storm drain, a wanted person is in-custody after running from an officer on a traffic stop. On Wednesday, November 25, 2015 around 8:20 a.m., an officer stopped a Chevrolet Equinox on Eastgate Boulevard for speeding. The driver, identified as Michael Shaw, 32, of Nashville, jumped out of the Equinox and took off running towards Interstate 40. A female passenger remained at vehicle.

A back-up officer briefly spotted Shaw walking along the interstate, but he lost sight as Shaw continued to flee. Multiple officers responded to the area and began to search for Shaw. In addition, the public was advised through Nixle, a text message alert service, and social media about the active search. Citizens, who received the public advisory, spotted Shaw around 9:15 a.m. walking in the Belinda City neighborhood, which is on the other side of the interstate. Officers then flooded the Belinda City area in search of Shaw, who was spotted and chased.

Storm Drain that Shaw Entered

Storm Drain that Shaw Entered

During the chase, Shaw crawled into a storm drain that runs underneath Rolling Meadow Dr, and he was contained by officers. Around 9:50 a.m., he was spotted through the storm drain road grate between 1019 & 1021 Rolling Meadow Drive, where he was stuck. Officers used two crowbars to lift the grate so Shaw could be taken into custody. He was unharmed.

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Officers Spot Shaw & Hold Him Until Extrication Equipment Arrives

Shaw was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Driving on Suspended – 4th Offense and Evading Arrest. He was also wanted out of Henderson County, TN for a Violation of Community Corrections warrant.

Michael Shaw, 32, of Nashville

Michael Shaw, 32, of Nashville

The Mt. Juliet Police Department is appreciative of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Lebanon Police Department for assisting with the search.