A stolen-property investigation turned into a car chase from Ashland City to Madison last week, ending when the suspects crashed their pickup truck that was towing a backhoe.
At least two police officers and two bystanders were injured, and the three occupants of the truck were arrested, authorities said.
The suspects’ vehicle collided with two Cheatham County sheriff’s vehicles during the pursuit. It also hit at least one civilian’s car as it careened off the road at the intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Gallatin Pike, where deputies took the trio into custody.
The chase began about 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the 1900 block of Valley View Road.
Andrew Henton, 27, of Davidson County, and two Cheatham County residents — Joseph Hollingsworth, 24, and 18-year-old Amber Maynard — remained in Cheatham County jail last Friday.
Henton, the driver, faces the most serious charges: two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and five counts of theft over $10,000, among other allegations. Bond was set at $375,000.
Hollingsworth and Maynard face stolen-property charges and other counts, with bond set at $205,000 and $75,000, respectively.
The suspects’ truck and the excavator they were towing on a trailer were stolen, Cheatham County Sheriff Lt. Ken Miller said.
Miller said two loaded guns were recovered from the suspects’ vehicle: a Marlin 30-30 and a 9mm Taurus.
No shots were fired as deputies with guns drawn swarmed the crashed vehicle and made the arrests.
Miller said it was the right decision to continue the chase as it moved into an urban area and he praised deputies’ restraint, saying Henton had tried to run down deputies, put civilians’ lives in danger and posed a continuing threat.
During the pursuit, the suspects’ truck rammed the cruiser of Cheatham sheriff’s Deputy Diahanna Arguello. She suffered a concussion and was treated and released at a hospital.
The suspects’ truck also collided broadside with a Cheatham sheriff’s SUV driven by investigator Dale Smith. He was treated and released for bruises.
A Metro Nashville officer deployed spike strips as the chase continued. At the crash site, at least five civilian vehicles were damaged, and two people in those cars were transported to hospitals for what was reported as non-life-threatening injuries, Miller said.
Miller said Smith maneuvered his SUV to block the suspects from getting on Interstate 24 toward downtown Nashville.
“I can’t commend Dale enough for what he did,” Miller said. “In my opinion, he prevented more serious consequences for innocent people. That’s something to be commended.”
Trailing the suspects’ vehicle east on Old Hickory Boulevard, Smith sped past it on the right, cutting off access to the ramp for eastbound I-24. The two vehicles collided broadside, and Smith’s SUV then spun into the median guardrail.
The chase began on Valley View Road in connection with a probe into theft of heavy equipment. As Miller was on foot, the suspects’ truck and tow rig appeared, traveling slowly. Miller ordered the driver to stop but he accelerated instead.