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Nashville man charged after chase through two counties

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A high speed chase through Wilson and Sumner counties ended when this car crashed into an electrical pole. JOSH NELSON/Gallatin News
Derrick Frazier

A Nashville man was arrested Friday following a chase through Wilson and Sumner counties after he stole a vehicle from a Wilson County car dealer.

Derrick Frazier, 19, of Capitol Pt., Nashville, is facing more than a dozen charges in Sumner County with more pending in Wilson County after the incident.

According to an affidavit filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court by Sumner County Deputy Kyle Mahaney, the events in Sumner County began at 3:12 pm that day when they received a BOLO (be on the lookout) call from the Wilson County Sheriff's Office in regards to a blue Ford Explorer that was taken for a test drive and not returned.

Gallatin police were also involved in the case, as Officer Tony Wrinkle wrote in a separate affidavit filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court he witnessed the vehicle traveling north on S. Water through the intersection at Airport Rd. and running the red light.

"I then attempted to stop the vehicle using my blue lights and sirens, but the vehicle continued on South Water without stopping," Wrinkle wrote in the affidavit. "I then witnessed the vehicle to be passing vehicles both on the left and the right side of other vehicles."

The vehicle went onto Bonita Drive, then Hale Ave., and back southward on S. Water until heading north on Hwy. 109.

"I then lost the vehicle as it continued north on 109," Wrinkle wrote in the affidavit. "As I lost contact with the vehicle, it was passing vehicles on the left shoulder of the highway and weaving in and out of traffic. Approx. 30-45 minutes later, Sumner County advised they were in pursuit of the same vehicle coming into Gallatin on Hartsville Pike."

Just before that was when Sumner County Deputy Shawn Lester, who was helping with a plane crash at the Gallatin airport, saw the vehicle near the intersection of Airport and Cairo roads.

The chase went up Cairo Road and onto Hartsville Pike, around the Sumner County Board of Education, and then towards downtown, at one point nearly striking Lester's vehicle.

"The suspect continued west on East Main Street traveling through the square at approximately 60 mph," Wrinkle wrote in his affidavit.

Mahaney's affidavit reads, "As I approached the last location the vehicle was seen on E. Main St., I observed ten (10) or more vehicles waiting at the red light the vehicle had passed and numerous pedestrians on the sidewalk on the square."

As the vehicle approached downtown, law enforcement discontinued pursuit due to traffic and the possible danger to civilians.

"Approximately five minutes later, Gallatin Lt. Danny Hurst called out a two-vehicle (wreck) on Red River Rd. near N. Electra," Mahaney wrote. "I arrived on N. Electra minutes later and observed a black male wearing a black shirt walking back towards N. Electra. (I) observed that subject was bleeding from his arm(s) and ordered him to the ground."

Frazier was then taken into custody without resistance.

It turns out an unknowing citizen caused the situation to come to an end.

"A Ford Ranger was stopped on Red River waiting to turn onto N. Electra and did not see the fleeing vehicle approaching when the driver of the Ranger started to make the left turn," Mahaney's affidavit reads. "The fleeing vehicle struck the right side of the Ranger on its left side, which caused it to leave the roadway to the left and strike an electrical pole."

Frazier was charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, felony evading arrest, and numerous other traffic charges. In addition, he was driving on a revoked license.

He was held in the Sumner County Jail on $250,000 bond and scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court on June 8, 2016.

According to a shift activity report from the Gallatin Police Department, representatives from Wilson County responded to the crash scene and informed GPD Frazier was wanted in that jurisdiction "for numerous burglaries" in addition to stealing the vehicle, and he will later face charges related to those alleged crimes.

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