Man Flees the Wrong Way on I-40 & Attempts to Ram a Patrol SUV

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A man is out on bond after placing other motorists in extreme danger and attempting to ram an officer while fleeing from a traffic stop. Ultimately, an officer ended the pursuit by using his patrol car to disable the fleeing vehicle. On Thursday, July 25, 2019, just before 7:00 p.m. an officer attempted to stop a motorist, 20-year-old Mina Gerges of Nashville, for traffic violations and suspicion of driving under the influence on Interstate 40 West near the 224 mile-marker.

Gerges did a dangerous u-turn on the interstate and began to flee on the shoulder in the wrong direction. When exiting the interstate at the N. Mt. Juliet Road interchange, Gerges aimed the vehicle towards an officer in a patrol SUV, who avoided any impact. Gerges continued to flee into a busy grocery store parking lot with pedestrians, where he and a patrol SUV collided. Gerges continued to flee, and due to his extremely dangerous behavior, an officer successfully used his patrol car to disable the fleeing vehicle on N. Mt. Juliet Road near Weston Drive.

Photo of fleeing vehicle and patrol suvPhoto of fleeing vehicle and patrol suv

After a nearly 6 minute, 3.5 mile pursuit, Gerges was apprehended. An 18-year-old male passenger was not charged during the incident. No one was injured.

Booking photo of Mina Gerges, 20, of Nashville

Mina Gerges, 20, of Nashville

Gerges was charged and released on a $16,000 bond for Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment, Felony Evading Arrest, and Driving on a Suspended Drivers License.