MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 45-year-old man was arrested in Mt. Juliet Tuesday afternoon after police say he ran from a traffic stop and hid in a garage.
Lt. Tyler Chandler said the situation began at 12:20 p.m. when an officer saw the driver of a BMW travelling 20 miles per hour over the speed limit on Old Lebanon Dirt Road.
When the officer attempted to stop the driver, later identified as Terrence London, he reportedly pulled down a long driveway, got out his car, and ran into a detached three-car garage.
The officer held the perimeter and called for back up. At that time, three other people—none of whom were London—ran out of the garage.
The officer maintained the perimeter until more law enforcement arrived. They attempted to talk London out of the garage using a PA system. A crisis negotiation team threw him a phone and attempted to talk him out once again.
After the 45-year-old wouldn’t leave the garage, a special ops team with the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded and went inside with the Mt. Juliet Police Department.
Authorities couldn’t find London during their first search but located him hiding in the ceiling of the upstairs loft area. Lt. Chandler said he was “hidden very well.”
He was taken into custody without further incident and now faces charges of evading arrest, resisting arrest, driving on a revoked drivers license, simple possession of a schedule II Drug (cocaine), and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Mt. Juliet police say 3 stolen vehicles from the Nashville area were also located at the garage. One of the three people that exited the garage initially, 32-year-old Josh Kegley of Hermitage, was wanted in Wilson County for a probation violation.
According to a press release, detectives will be seeking indictments for a 36-year-old man, who lives on the property, in connection to the stolen vehicles that were found.
Authorities noted London was acquaintances with the three individuals initially at the garage.