2 teens in custody following multi-state chase, manhunt

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Posted at 11:29 AM, Apr 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-16 18:25:01-04

RIDGETOP, Tenn. (WTVF) — Two teenagers have been arrested after a multi-state pursuit and manhunt on Friday.

Metro police said the ordeal began around 10:20 a.m. when West Precinct officers were notified of a stolen vehicle at a Burger King on Charlotte Pike. The Volkswagen Passat was stolen on Thursday night on Herman Street and detectives used the car's GPS information to track it on Friday morning. Officers spotted the car and attempted to stop it, but the driver sped off.

A MNPD helicopter found the car in Madison, then followed it along Interstate 65 N. into Kentucky, where Kentucky State Police began pursuing it. Metro Police Spokesperson Kris Mumford said the driver turned around and headed back toward Tennessee.

At one point, as two KSP troopers tried to deploy spike strips on I-65 S. they were nearly hit by the speeding car.

The car stopped near Ridgetop and two people bailed out. Anthony Stevenson, 18, was taken into custody, while the second suspect, identified as 18-year-old Deontay Staten, ran into a wooded area. After a manhunt involving Metro K-9 officers, Staten was taken into custody.

Staten and Stevenson have each been charged with vehicle theft and evading arrest. They are being held in the Davidson County Jail on $35,000 bonds each. Metro police said additional charges in Kentucky are pending.