20-year-old man flees traffic stop by driving wrong way on I-40

Posted at 4:10 PM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 17:10:58-04

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WTVF) — Mt. Juliet police arrested a 20-year-old accused of fleeing a traffic stop by driving the wrong way on Interstate 40.

On Thursday night, police attempted to stop Mina Gerges, of Nashville, for traffic violations and suspicion that he was driving under the influence.

Gerges made a U-turn on the interstate and drove away from the officer on the shoulder in the wrong direction. He's accused of aiming his car toward an officer in a patrol SUV.

Police said Gerges drove into a busy grocery store parking lot, where he crashed with a patrol SUV.

After a 6-minute long chase, police stopped Gerges using a patrol car to disable the vehicle.

An 18-year-old man was in the passenger seat during the chase, but he was not charged.

Gerges was arrested for reckless driving, reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest and driving on a suspended driver's license. He has been released from jail on a $16,000 bond.