Police: Man tries to run down first responders trying to help him

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A man was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly tried to hit officers and firefighters who were trying to help him when they found him passed out in a car near Vanderbilt University campus.

According to arrest records, Michael Harvey, 45, was passed out in the driver’s seat of his vehicle early Saturday morning when first responders were called to the scene.

Metro police said firefighters approached Harvey’s car to help, and that’s when he tried to flee the scene.

He allegedly put his car in reverse and backed up quickly, almost striking multiple police officers and firefighters.

Authorities said while he was fleeing, he struck the front of a Vanderbilt police vehicle, causing significant damage.

Records show Harvey was able to flee successfully but police found him, again unconscious, in the driver’s seat a half mile away.

He reportedly admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana.

Harvey was booked into the Metro jail and charged with nine counts of aggravated assault, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting and evading arrest, vandalism and DUI. His bond was set at $75,000.