Juvenile Crime Task Force Arrests 18-Year-Old After He Bailed from Carjacked Jeep
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Juvenile Crime Task Force officers Thursday night arrested an 18-year-old after he bailed from the carjacked Jeep Cherokee he was driving.
Task Force members were on Briley Parkway near Brick Church Pike late Thursday when they saw the Jeep traveling 80 mph in a 55 mph zone. They then determined that it was taken during an armed carjacking Wednesday night from Westlawn Drive. The driver, Monte Simpson, refused to stop after officers turned on their emergency equipment. Simpson led them on a Briley Parkway pursuit to County Hospital Road, where he lost control, struck a guard rail and blew the right front tire. The Jeep ultimately stopped on County Hospital Road near Camilla Caldwell Lane. Simpson bailed and ran, but was quickly apprehended. His passenger got away despite efforts of a police canine team to find him.
At age 18, Simpson is jailed in lieu of $80,000 bond on charges of vehicle theft (for being behind the wheel of the stolen Jeep), two counts of evading arrest and leaving the scene of a crash. West Precinct detectives are continuing in their efforts to positively identify the persons involved in Wednesday’s armed carjacking.