Man Arrested After Nearly Striking Patrol Car, Leading Officers on Pursuit

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A reckless driver is in-custody after leading police on a chase on Interstate 40. On Thursday, March 3, 2016 around 9:30 p.m., an officer was heading into work when she noticed a vehicle swerving on Interstate 40 West near the 228 MM. As the officer slowed down to get behind and stop the reckless driver, the driver turned the car towards the officer’s patrol car, nearly striking the car.

The officer attempted to stop the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox, but the driver accelerated and did not stop. Officers gave chase, hoping to stop the reckless driver that continued to swerve and crash into guard rails and concrete barriers.

When the pursuit approached the Briley Parkway exit off Interstate 40 West, the driver exited southbound and reduced his speed. At this point, the driver, identified as Michael Smith, 27, of Nashville, pulled into a restaurant parking lot and stopped voluntarily.

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Smith was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Evading Arrest, Reckless Endangerment, and Reckless Driving.

Michael Smith, 27, of Nashville

Michael Smith, 27, of Nashville

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