NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Three men are in custody, one facing seven charges, after a police pursuit in East Nashville early Thursday morning.
Thomas Pointer, 20, Orlando Hall, 22, and Marles King, 26, are being held in the Metro jail.
According to an arrest affidavit, an officer was watching the security camera footage at James Cayce Homes when he allegedly saw King and Hall pointing guns at the camera.
Officers tried to approach the two men, but say they saw them getting into a car and leaving the area.
The officers followed the men to the intersection of South Fifth and Woodland streets when, according to the affidavit, “the officers observed the vehicle make a right hand turn out of a left hand lane, cutting off and almost hitting the vehicle turning right in the correct lane.”
The near-collision is the reason officers said they tried to stop the men.
The officers turned on their blue lights and attempted to pull over the suspects. Instead of stopping, officers said the suspects sped northbound onto Ellington Parkway.
The men finally stopped after hitting a pot hole and popping a tire, according to an affidavit. The affidavit said the men got off Ellington Parkway at Hart Lane and tried to get back on the parkway at the entrance ramp when their car came to a stop.
The men were detained while officers searched the scene.
They found two handguns on the exit ramp at Hart Lane. After searching the car, officers said they found drugs and ammunition.
Pointer is charged with criminal trespass, unlawful possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence. At the time of his arrest, he was free on a $50,000 bond after his arrest last July for shooting and attempting to rob a man in an East Palestine Avenue parking lot. He is now being held in lieu of a $30,000 bond.
Hall is charged with criminal trespass, tampering with evidence, felon in possession of a handgun and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Officers said they found marijuana in his pocket and that he admitted to owning one of the guns found at scene. He’s being held in lieu of a $40,000 bond.
King is charged with criminal trespass, tampering with evidence, evading arrest with risk of death or injury to third parties, felon in possession of a handgun, dangerous felony possession of firearm with intent, felony drug offense and driving while license revoked.
Officers said they found nine hydrocodone pills in his pocket and a handgun magazine on the floorboard under the driver seat.
Police said King has previous cocaine and handgun possession. He’s being held in lieu of an $80,000 bond.