A Nashville man who fled Hendersonville police for a window tint violation was caught hours later the same day in Portland after a Sumner County Sheriff’s Office deputy deployed spike strips and chased the suspect on foot.
Jhirme Staten, 32 of Nashville, was charged Feb. 11 with two counts evading arrest, two counts reckless endangerment, two counts driving on a suspended license and a window tint violation for an incident that started at the intersection of Anderson Lane and East Main Street in Hendersonville.
According to affidavits filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court, a Hendersonville officer observed a large white Mercury sedan traveling north on Anderson Lane at the intersection of East Main Street with what appeared to be illegally tinted windows. The officer made a U-turn to make a traffic stop of the vehicle, according to the affidavit.
The driver initially stopped, but then drove off at a high rate of speed as a passenger fell from the vehicle’s back right door. The officer rendered aid to the passenger as the car fled east on Main Street toward Gallatin. The passenger was taken to Skyline Medical Center with severe head trauma.
The vehicle was located a short time later by Gallatin police officers and then pursued by Sumner County Sheriff’s Office deputies who deployed spike strips on Highway 109 near the northern end of Academy Road. After the vehicle was disabled in the Portland area, Staten fled on foot but was quickly apprehended.
The affidavit states that another passenger was in the vehicle at the time of Staten’s arrest. The passenger was placed in fear during the pursuit, the affidavit states, and was taken to Portland Medical Center “due to possible injury.”
According to an HPD media release, there were active warrants for Staten for three counts of rape of a child out of Davidson County, four counts of community supervision violation by a felony offender, one count of sex offender registry violation 3rd offense, three counts of misdemeanor community supervision violation, and one count of violation of a court order with an original charge of criminal impersonation.
Hendersonville police identified the passenger as Rebecca Loucks, 27. A warrant check on Loucks revealed a warrant for a probation violation, according to police. Loucks was not charged in this incident.
Staten is being held in the Sumner County Jail on a $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. on March 18.