Juvenile Crime Task Force Arrests Convicted Felon for Virtually the Same Behavior that Led to His Arrest Last Year
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A Nashville man arrested a year ago for ramming two vehicles, including a police car, and nearly hitting two officers in the process has now been rearrested by the Juvenile Crime Task Force for virtually the same behavior.
Task Force officers were in the area of Duncan and Fain Streets Wednesday night when they came upon a Chevy Equinox parked on the street with two persons sitting in the back. A strong odor of marijuana was emanating from the SUV. Officers had just asked the two persons for identification when Chesare Covington, 24, jumped from the backseat to the front, put the vehicle in gear and began ramming a police car and a citizen’s car in an effort to get away. In doing so, Covington almost struck three officers, who deployed a spike strip near the car. Covington drove on deflated tires to Cannon Street where he stopped and ran away. He was spotted and arrested a short time later on University Court.
On October 1, 2018, officers were investigating a shots fired call on University Court when they encountered a vehicle parked and running with Covington behind the wheel. A strong odor of marijuana was coming from the car. When officers asked Covington to exit the vehicle, he rammed the car parked in front of his, backed into a police car, drove onto the sidewalk and hit a fence. He nearly hit two officers who were on foot as he fled. Covington was arrested and charged with several offenses, including aggravated assault on officers. All counts but one were dismissed. He pleaded guilty to attempted assault on an officer in March of this year and received a two-year-sentence.
Covington is now jailed on charges of evading arrest, assault on officers, vandalism, and being a fugitive from Georgia. His bond is set at $191,000.