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Man Charged After Running Away From Traffic Stop

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Jairo Santos Jairo Santos
Officer Garret Blunier Officer Garret Blunier

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A man was charged with multiple offenses after police said he ran away from a traffic stop in Antioch on Wednesday night.

Police found 37-year-old Jairo Hoseas Santos hiding in the attic of his home on Mossdale Drive around 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

Around 9 p.m. Wednesday, Officer Garret Blunier with the Hermitage Precinct witnessed a white Chevrolet Suburban run a stop sign at the intersection of Owendale and Mossdale Drives. He activated his emergency equipment, and the SUV pulled over in the driveway of a vacant house on Owendale Drive.

When Officer Blunier asked the driver, later identified as Santos, to step out of the car, he said Santos took off running. The officer gave chase, catching up to Santos, who broke away. During the foot chase, Blunier suffered injuries to his head and face, which police said may have resulted from hitting a tree limb in the darkness. Police initially said Santos hit Officer Blunier once Blunier caught up to him.

Officer Blunier lost consciousness for a while until fellow officers came to his aid.

The 26-year-old officer was taken to Summit Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Police said he graduated from the Police Academy in February 2011.

Police said that two of the other occupants of the SUV fled the scene on foot. A female juvenile was found standing by the SUV, while another female juvenile was found hiding in a nearby backyard. 

Interviews with the two girls led to the identification of Santos.

Santos was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, evading arrest and driving on a revoked license. He was held at the Metro jail on $150,000 bond.

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