Officer pursuit of shoplifting suspect ends on I-40 in Mt. Juliet

Cedric Hayes (Courtesy: Mt. Juliet Police Department)
Cedric Hayes (Courtesy: Mt. Juliet Police Department)

Dash cam video of the chase was released by police on Nov. 30. Watch the video above or click here from your mobile device.

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – An officer pursuit in Mt. Juliet ended on Interstate 40 East and led to the discovery of a stolen car and gun.

According to the Mt. Juliet Police Department, the incident started around 4:17 p.m. Saturday as officers tried to stop a shoplifting suspect at the Walmart on Pleasant Grove.

 (Courtesy: Mt. Juliet Police Department)
(Courtesy: Mt. Juliet Police Department)

Officers were called to the store to investigate the call of a man stuffing clothing under the clothes he was wearing. Upon arrival, officers attempted to stop the suspect’s car as he was fleeing the scene.

Mt. Juliet police reported their computer system alerted officers that the vehicle was stolen and pursued the car until both of its driver-side tires were blown out as the driver attempted to cross a raised median to get away.

The man, identified as 25-year-old Cedric Hayes, of Hermitage,  reportedly drove onto I-40 East, where authorities laid out spike strips, though the vehicle became disabled before reaching them near mile marker 223.

Hayes ran from the car, jumped across the interstate’s center dividing wall, ran across the eastbound lanes of traffic and into the wood line before he was taken into custody, according to Mt. Juliet police.

Two lanes of I-40 East at mile marker 223 were closed while officials investigated.

(Courtesy: Lt. Tyler Chandler/ Twitter)
(Courtesy: Lt. Tyler Chandler/ Twitter)

Police say upon searching the suspect’s car, they found marijuana, Xanax pills, stolen merchandise and a stolen handgun from a July robbery in Nashville.

The car was also stolen in Nashville on Nov. 19, according to police.

Hayes reportedly left two adult females and three children at Walmart when he was approached by officers.

He is the only one who will face charges.

Hayes was booked into the Wilson County jail and charged with theft, felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment, possession of a firearm, driving on a revoked license, possession of marijuana and criminal impersonation. Mt. Juliet police reported Hayes is a convicted felon.

No other details about the incident have been released.

Cedric Hayes (Courtesy: Mt. Juliet Police Department)
Cedric Hayes (Courtesy: Mt. Juliet Police Department)