A group of four Nashville teenagers are accused of leading police on a highspeed car chase after breaking into more than a dozen vehicles in Gallatin and Hendersonville last month.
Gallatin police were called to the Stoneridge Farms at the Hunt Club Apartments, located at 2325 Nashville Pike, after multiple suspects were seen breaking into vehicles just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, according to an arrest affidavit.
Officers spotted the suspects in a gray Mitsubishi Eclipse and attempted to stop the vehicle at Nashville Pike and Plantation Boulevard, but the vehicle fled towards Hendersonville.
Hendersonville FLEX and patrol officers began pursuing the suspects as they traveled westbound on State Route 386 at speeds that reached up to 120 miles per hour, according to an arrest affidavit. Spike strips were eventually used to disable two tires on the vehicle, which continued to flee.
“The vehicle still continued to increase speeds and drive recklessly throughout the pursuit,” according to an arrest affidavit. “The vehicle was not sparking but threw debris and metal from the vehicle back towards my police vehicle.”
The pursuit continued at high speeds onto West Main Street and then south into Nashville on Gallatin Pike.
The vehicle stopped twice to allow suspects to flee, according to police. One was a 16-year-old male who was carrying a stolen firearm, while the other was a 16-year-old male who fled on James Robertson Parkway and was captured with the help of Metro Nashville police.
The other two suspects who escaped were later identified as Ke’Andre Thompson and Dysean Fitzgerald, both 18 from Nashville and taken into custody.
In all, police say the group burglarized at least 11 vehicles at the Gallatin apartment complex along with six other vehicles on Foxcross Drive, Blue Ridge Trace and North Country Club in Hendersonville.
Thompson is charged with 16 counts of burglary, five counts of theft up to $1,000, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of evading arrest while Fitzgerald is charged with seven counts of burglary, two counts of theft up to $1,000 and one count each of evading arrest and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The two 16-year-olds are also facing multiple charges and are pending appearance before the Sumner County Juvenile Court. Thompson and Fitzgerald are scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court on June 12.
Investigators are looking to tie the suspects to auto burglaries in other jurisdictions where charges are also expected, according to a news release from the Hendersonville Police Department.