Man, woman lead officers on chase, manhunt, prompting brief school lockout

Posted at 3:45 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 16:46:42-04

KINGSTON SPRINGS, Tenn. (WTVF) — Two people are in after leading police on a chase and manhunt that prompted a school lockout in Cheatham County.

The incident began in Belle Meade. Officers stopped a man and woman in a stolen truck on Harding Road Tuesday afternoon.

The officer got out and talked with them, but as a second officer pulled up the driver sped away nearly hitting the initial officer, according to Belle Meade Police Chief Tim Eads.

Metro Nashville Police Department's helicopter monitored the truck and Cheatham County deputies slowed it down with spikes on Interstate 40. It stopped on the shoulder of the interstate.

The woman, who was later identified as Dyneisha C. Pride, was arrested shortly after ditching the truck, but the man, Edmon Simmons, was armed and on the run.

Meanwhile, Kingston Springs Elementary School placed on lockout. Students were released just before 5 p.m. as the immediate threat had lessened.

Officers notified the schools as they searched for the suspects who were on foot near the school.

School officials held buses until the district received further information from law enforcement, but car riders were dismissed as normal. All students were released except for bus 7 and bus 19. They were delayed until law enforcement give them clearance. Children who ride those buses can be picked up by parents at KSES.

Just before 8 p.m. Tuesday night, police arrested Simmons. Both he and Pride were had existing warrants for burglary and theft out of Metro Nashville. Additional charges of aggravated assault with a vehicle,evading arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle tag and leaving the scene of an accident were given to Simmons after Tuesday's incident.

The Cheatham County Board of Education stated on social media they would resume the normal schedule on Wednesday.