Apparent police chase leaves trail of damage in East Nashville

(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An apparent police chase left a trail of damage in East Nashville on Saturday.

Witnesses told News 2 a driver ran into a street sign, hit several cars and nearly hit two people in a hammock on Fatherland Street near South Seventh.

The witnesses said it looked like the driver was trying to get away from police. He eventually got out of the crashed car and ran.

According to an arrest report, 18-year-old Steven Phelps was taken into custody soon after the crash.

Brooke Hoover’s car (Photo: WKRN)

One the cars hit by Phelps belongs to a woman who works nearby. She said she’s just happy no one was seriously hurt.

“Probably about 15 to 20 people waiting at the café, and there were people across the street waiting. This is a busy street, people are walking their dogs, they’re with their children on bikes, so I mean it could have been a really, really bad situation,” said Brooke Hoover.

Phelps was booked into the Metro jail and charged with theft, evading arrest and leaving the scene of an accident. His bond was set at $60,000.