The driver charged with fleeing police just before the death of a Hendersonville police officer on Dec. 30 was travelling more than 90 miles an hour along West Main Street and Vietnam Veterans Boulevard, according to police affidavits filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court. 

HPD Officer Adam Goodwin attempted to stop the 2020 Nissan Versa at the Exxon at 1082 West Main Street for speeding and a window tint violation, according to the affidavits. 

When the vehicle driven by Kevin T. Jordan, 19 of Nashville failed to stop, the officer pursued the car along Main Street and Vietnam Veterans Boulevard towards Davidson County. 

“Jordan operated his vehicle in such a manner as to create a risk of death and/or injury to innocent bystanders as he forced numerous vehicles off the roadway or out of their lane of travel at high rates of speed in excess of 90 miles per hour,” the affidavits state.  

A blowout on one of the vehicle’s tires ended the pursuit in Davidson County just before the entrance to I-65 South. 

Jordan was arrested and taken to the Hendersonville Police Department where he waived his Miranda rights. 

According to an affidavit, Jordan confessed that he knew the officer was attempting to pull him over and he refused to stop his vehicle and fled the scene. 

He has been charged with reckless endangerment, evading arrest and window tint violation. 

A day later, Hendersonville police arrested Emani Martin, Jr., also 19 of Nashville, with the help of Metro Nashville police. Martin is charged with criminal responsibility for reckless endangerment and evading arrest. 

Martin was identified as the passenger in Jordan’s car after being seen on an HPD dashboard camera, according to a police affidavit. He was also named by Jordan in phone messages as being with Jordan approximately three hours before the incident. 

Hendersonville police said in a media release following Martin’s arrest that detectives discovered that Martin was with Jordan completing drug transactions throughout the Goodlettsville and Madison area just before the police pursuit.

Phone records show that Martin was in the area of the pursuit and crash at the time of the incident, according to the affidavit. 

“Additionally, the phone records show the defendant traveling at the incident of the crime and traveling away from the crime scene in the same direction the named defendant was last observed to be running away from,” the affidavit states. 

Police have said that a passenger in Jordan’s car fled on foot and was being pursued by Master Patrol Officer Spencer Bristol when Bristol was struck by a passing vehicle on I-65. Bristol, 31, died from his injuries a short time later.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested a suspect on Dec. 30 believed to be Jordan’s passenger, but later determined he was not the right person. 

According to Metro Nashville/Davidson County court records, Jordan was charged in April with possession or casual exchange, a misdemeanor drug charge. The case was closed on Nov. 4 when the district attorney’s office issued a nolle prosequi, or failure to prosecute.

Jordan is being held in the Sumner County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Martin’s bond was set at $50,000. They were both scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Jan. 8 after this newspaper’s print deadline. 

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