Two arrested after crashing stolen car into Nashville police car

Posted at 8:00 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 21:00:26-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Two men are arrested after crashing a stolen car into a Metro Nashville police (MNPD) car Wednesday night, MNPD said.

Officers first saw a stolen Honda near the intersection of South 5th and Crutcher Streets. The Honda was involved in a shooting on Delta Avenue Tuesday.

The driver, Decarlo Churchwell, 19, refused to pull over for officers. Churchwell and his passenger, Mark Whitehead, 20, led MNPD on a chase from East Nashville to the Dickerson Pike exit on Interstate 65.

At the exit ramp, Churchwell intentionally rammed their stolen vehicle into an MNPD patrol car. After he tried to run away, Churchwell was taken into custody.

Whitehead stayed inside the stolen car, and was arrested.

Inside the car, officers found a loaded handgun, numerous pills believed to be ecstasy and credit cards, which were stolen during a recent vehicle burglary.

Churchwell is jailed in lieu of a $119,000 bond. His charges are vehicle theft, aggravated assault on an officer, felony evading arrest, gun possession by a convicted felon, felony drug possession, driving on a suspended license and vehicle burglary.

Whitehead is jailed in lieu of a $60,000 bond. His charges are vehicle theft, felony drug possession and gun possession during the commission of a dangerous felony.