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Teens caught driving stolen car in Nashville

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Posted at 2:58 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 15:58:05-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Three teens were caught driving a stolen SUV in East Nashville Tuesday night.

Metro police said an officer attempted to pull over the SUV near Gallatin Pike and McGavock Pike, but the 17-year-old driver did not stop.

Around University Court and Carroll Street, the driver and two passengers aged 14 and 15 ditched the vehicle. The SUV then rolled into an unoccupied car.

Police said the passengers were caught after a short chase and the driver was found hiding in a breezeway. During the arrest, three handguns were recovered.

The driver was charged as a juvenile for vehicle theft, evading arrest, juvenile handgun possession, second offense, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, driving on a suspended license and for escaping a youth detention facility in Bartlett. Police said he was previously arrested for aggravated robbery in 2016 and carjacking in 2018.

The two passengers were charged as juveniles for vehicle theft and evading arrest.

According to police, the SUV was stolen Monday night from a Charlotte Pike convenience store. The owner of the SUV told officers she left the car running when she stopped at a gas pump. She was walking to the gas cap when someone got into the SUV and drove off.