Mt. Juliet, Tenn. A pursuit of a stolen truck has ended in a crash on Hobson Pike near Smith Springs Parkway. Around 7:38 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017, Mt. Juliet’s Police & Fire Communications center received a call from a concerned citizen about a female running away from Target, located at 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road, with a lot of merchandise. The citizen felt as if the female had just committed a theft, and she jumped into the passenger side of a truck in the Target parking lot. The truck’s description and tag was provided to the communications center, which revealed the truck to be stolen out of Robertson County on today’s date. The communications center then relayed that information to officers in the area, and one officer spotted the stolen truck.
After spotting the stolen struck on S. Mt. Juliet Road near Providence Parkway, the officer attempted to stop it. However, the driver did not stop and attempted to evade the officer at a high rate of speed. The driver of the stolen truck continued to drive in a reckless manner as the officer continued to chase it. At one point, the driver crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a car head-on. The stolen truck driver ran away from the crash scene, leaving an injured adult female passenger behind.
Metro-Nashville Police immediately responded to the scene, and they assisted in the search of the driver who fled. Unfortunately, the driver was not located. The female passenger in the stolen truck was transported to Vanderbilt ER in stable condition. The adult male driver in the car, hit head-on, was transported to Vanderbilt ER in critical condition.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene, and they will be investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. Mt. Juliet Police officers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the stolen truck and potential theft incident at Target.
The department’s thoughts and prayers are with those injured in the incident.