The two teens who lead Hendersonville police on a chase that resulted in the death of Master Patrol Officer Spencer Bristol have been charged with reckless homicide in Davidson County.
Kevin Jordan and Emani Martin, both 19 of Nashville, already face charges in Sumner County for their role in the Dec. 30 police pursuit. Bristol, 31, was hit by a passing vehicle on I-65 while chasing Martin on foot. He died of his injuries a short time later.
Reckless homicide charges were filed against the two in Metro Nashville/Davidson County on Jan. 9. The two were booked into the Davidson County Jail that day, and were transferred back to the Sumner County Jail where they remain.
According to an arrest warrant filed by Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Andrew Naylor, Hendersonville police officers attempted to stop a black sedan near the intersection of West Main Street and Center Point Road on Dec. 30. Jordan was later found to be the car’s driver while Martin was a passenger in the car.
When the pair’s vehicle failed to stop, officers pursued the car at a high rate of speed south on Vietnam Veterans Boulevard toward I-65 into Davidson County, according to the warrant.
When the car approached the ramp to merge onto I-65, it attempted to pass an SUV on the right by traveling in the emergency lane. The car then struck the rear passenger side of the SUV and experienced a tire blowout.
Jordan stopped the vehicle on the ramp on the right side of the road and Martin immediately exited the back-passenger door, according to the warrant. Martin fled on foot down the ramp, southbound toward Interstate 65. As he was fleeing, Martin threw down a digital scale, which was recovered by police, the warrant states.
Jordan then drove the car with a blown front tire further down the ramp, stopping on the left side of the roadway. Jordan exited the car and was taken into custody by Hendersonville police officers.
Officer Bristol drove past the car in pursuit of Martin who was running towards I-65, according to the warrant. Bristol stopped his patrol car and chased Martin who ran across the two merging lanes of Vietnam Veterans Boulevard, and then the three southbound lanes of I-65.
“Officer Bristol pursued Martin across all five lanes and was struck by a white SUV in lane number 1 (the fast lane) of I-65,” reads the warrant. Bristol suffered traumatic injuries and died a short time later.
Jordan and Martin were “aware of, but consciously disregarded, the substantial and unjustifiable risk that the pursuing officer would be killed,” according to the warrant. “The death of Officer Bristol was proximately caused by the criminal conduct of Kevin Jordan and Emani Martin.”
Reckless homicide is a Class D Felony punishable by not less than two years and not more than 12 years in prison, and a fine of up to $5,000.
Jordan has been charged with reckless endangerment and evading arrest – Class E felonies - in Sumner County. Martin has been charged with criminal responsibility for reckless endangerment and evading arrest. The two are scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court on Jan. 23.
Jordan’s bond was initially set at $100,000. Martin’s bond was set at $50,000. Court records show that both of their bonds were increased to $250,000 at a bond hearing in Sumner County on Jan. 3.