Two Nashville teens arrested following police pursuit, AK-47 pistol recovered from stolen vehicle

Posted at 1:28 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 14:28:30-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Two teens were arrested after they fled from Metro Nashville police (MNPD) in a stolen Nissan Altima late Thursday night.

According to MNPD, officers with the Juvenile Crime Task Force were patrolling the Brick Church Pike and Ewing Lane area around 10:30 p.m. They saw the Altima - which was stolen Tuesday in the Whites Creek area - inbound on Brick Church.

When the officers tried to stop the car, the driver sped off. Officers did not pursue, but instead radioed the car's decription to a police helicopter.

The air crew found the Altima and followed it, allowing officers on the ground to deploy spike strips. Three of the tires were damaged by the spikes.

The two teens bailed from the Altima at the Youngs Lane and Alice Street intersection. The 16-year-old driver was immediately caught. The 17-year-old passenger was hiding in nearby woods, but surrendered when he saw the MNPD canine team approaching.

After the teens were arrested, a ski mask and AK-47 pistol were found in the back seat. The AK-47 was loaded with 15 bullets.

Both teens were taken to juvenile detention and charged with auto theft, unlawful gun possession and evading arrest.