Three people were indicted in connection with the high-speed chase that began in Cheatham County and ended when the suspects’ pickup truck hauling an excavator crashed in a busy Madison intersection.
The truck, trailer and excavator were allegedly stolen, according to the 16-count indictment from the Cheatham County Grand Jury filed Jan. 6 in circuit court. The Oct. 8 chase injured Cheatham County sheriff’s Deputy Dahianna Arguello, the indictment alleges.
Andrew Henton, 27, of Gallatin was named in 15 of the 16 counts. Cheatham County residents Joseph Hollingsworth and Amber Maynard were indicted along with Henton on two of the counts, while Maynard alone was charged with a third count.
All three defendants were charged with stealing a white flatbed Chevrolet Silverado from Joe Caldwell. Henton alone was charged with stealing a Kaufman Gooseneck double-axle trailer from Ryan Langford, as well as a John Deere mini excavator from Civil Engineer Construction, owned by Joe Rodgers and Steve Adcock.
The chase began on Valley View Road. Cheatham sheriff’s Lt. Ken Miller was out of his vehicle and saw the suspects’ pickup and tow rig slowly approach, according to video released by the sheriff’s department. Miller ordered the driver, who turned out to be Henton, to pull over.
Henton sped away, and the indictment charged him with fleeing from Miller and putting Miller’s life in jeopardy. Video of the ensuing chase shows the truck ramming Arguello’s cruiser, which she had stopped to block a road. That led to the charge of assaulting and injuring Arguello.
Henton was indicted for putting the lives of passengers Hollingsworth and Maynard in jeopardy as he drove out of Cheatham County and into Madison. Video shows a second collision with a Cheatham sheriff’s vehicle before Henton crashed at the intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Gallatin Pike, causing a mess of wrecked cars and injured bystanders there.
Henton was indicted for possessing guns (a Marlin 30-30 rifle and a Taurus 9mm handgun) in commission of a felony. He was also indicted for driving on a suspended or revoked license. He has previously been charged with that three times.
All three defendants were indicted on a drug paraphernalia count, and Maynard was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell. The indictment doesn’t allege a specific quantity of the drug.
In addition to the other theft counts, Henton was charged with stealing a Takeuchi Model TL 12 skid steer from Civil Engineer Construction.
The skid steer, excavator, trailer and truck were valued at between $10,000 and $60,000 each.