Five teens in Stolen Car with Guns Arrested After Pursuit from Madison Area to Just South of Downtown
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Five persons, one 18-year-old and four juveniles, are in custody after the stolen car in which they were riding rammed two police vehicles and then led officers on a pursuit from the Madison area to just south of downtown.
Madison officers discovered the stolen red Toyota Camry backed into a space at Charter Village Apartments at 333 Rio Vista Drive at 10 p.m. Several persons were inside. Officers Jordan Lowry and Harold Willmore drove up to the Camry and staggered their police cars, with blue lights activated, in front of it in an effort to prevent the Camry from leaving. Just as the officers got out of their vehicles, the driver of the Camry, a 16-year-old, decided to flee. He drove the Camry through a narrow gap between the two police cars, striking them both. Officer Lowry, who saw the Camry coming at him in that narrow gap, fired his duty pistol twice in defense of himself. No one was struck by the rounds.
The Camry fled from the apartment complex with officers in pursuit. During the pursuit, the 16-year-old pulled into the parking lot of Auto Zone at 501 Gallatin Pike N. where one of the occupants tossed a .40-caliber pistol from the car (a check of the gun showed that it, too, had been stolen).
A police helicopter was called into the area and followed the Camry from the air as it traveled on the interstate to 3rd Avenue South and McCann Street. It came to an abrupt stop and five persons, four males and one female, fled from the car. All were apprehended after foot chases. A second pistol was recovered from the back seat of the Camry.
The 16-year-old driver of the Camry is charged at Juvenile Court with aggravated assault on a police officer, vandalism (for striking the two police vehicles), unlawful gun possession, vehicle theft, and evading arrest.
Ronald Adkins, 18, one of the passengers, is charged with unlawful gun possession, vehicle theft, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and evading arrest. The other teens, two 17-year-olds and another 16-year-old, are charged at Juvenile Court with unlawful gun possession, auto theft, and evading arrest.
All five are under investigation for potential other crimes, including robbery.
The Camry was stolen from Edgehill Avenue on November 22. The pistol that was tossed in the Auto Zone parking lot was stolen from the glovebox of an unlocked vehicle on Windcrest Trail on September 14.
Officer Lowry, a four-year police department veteran, is on routine administrative assignment while the discharge of his weapon is investigated.