Suspect In Stolen Vehicle Leads Metro Police On Chase

Posted at 6:05 AM, Jul 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 19:05:24-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A man was taken into custody after he allegedly led police on a pursuit through downtown Nashville, while driving a stolen vehicle. The incident could be related to a carjacking that occurred Monday, although the suspect has not been charged in that case. 

Officials with Metro Police said they tried to pull over 51-year-old Jonathon Lewis early Tuesday morning because one of his headlights was not working.

However, he did not stop and a low-speed pursuit ensued for miles.

Lewis allegedly led police on a chase that went down Interstate 40 and continued towards downtown Nashville. One he turned near Broadway, police pulled back, not wanting to pursue a suspect through downtown.

Authorities said Lewis was not speeding and in fact, stayed below the speed limit during much of the chase. The vehicle was later spotted again, at which point Lewis was taken into custody. 

According to police, the incident could be connected to a carjacking Monday morning in north Nashville.

However, authorities stressed that Lewis has not been charged with vehicle theft, even though he was driving a stolen vehicle.

In that case, a man was carjacked in the Suntrust parking lot on Jefferson Street. The victim told police he was sitting in the parking lot when the suspect approached him with a gun and demanded his wallet, phone and car.

The victim was able to give police a good description of his car, which allowed police to easily identify the car early Tuesday morning.

At this time, Lewis has been charged with evading arrest, possessing a stolen vehicle and littering, after he allegedly tossed several things out of the vehicle during the pursuit.

The carjacking victim has to identify Lewis in a line-up before any additional charges are filed.