NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A two-county police chase that began in La Vergne with a stolen car ended in Nashville when the suspect crashed and was taken into custody.
Authorities told News 2 a woman went outside to warm up her car before taking her children to school around 6:30 a.m.
When she returned, her 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer was gone. “[It was] left it unattended, running, unlocked with the keys in it,” said Sgt. Bill Timson.
Police said they spotted the car right in front of La Vergne City Hall a short time later, saying it looked like the driver, identified as 22-year-old Aaron Covey, was going to stop before speeding off.
A chase ensued, and Covey reportedly drove around other cars in the service lane and even jumped a curb at one point.
Covey led authorities into Davidson County where police say the driver turned onto Old Hickory Boulevard from Murfreesboro Road, coming close to hitting a school bus near cane Ridge High School.
The driver allegedly then turned onto Interstate 24 West in busy rush hour traffic.
La Vergne police told News 2 he was traveling about 100 mph, weaving in and out of traffic while driving in the service lanes on both sides of the interstate in his effort to get away.
Police ended the pursuit at Haywood Lane due to heavy traffic and the potential danger of someone getting hurt. A be-on-the-lookout alert was then issued for the stolen car.
A few hours later, Metro-Nashville police reportedly spotted the car and gave chase around the west side of the city, even using a helicopter to track the driver’s every move.
Police ultimately put down spike strips at 28th Avenue and Buchanan Street in North Nashville.
Covey ran over them and blew a tire but continued driving, sideswiping a car near 18th and West End avenues before running onto a curb, hitting a parking meter, bailing and taking off on foot.
Authorities told News 2 they got him in custody a short time later.
Covey, who is homeless, was charged with vehicle theft, evading arrest, leaving the scene of a crash, and driving on a revoked license.
He has previous convictions for felony drug possession, robbery, and DUI. He is being held in lieu of $65,000 bond.
La Vergne police are urging residents not to leave vehicles running and unattended.