ABOVE: A Brentwood Police cruiser sits along with Metro Nashville Police units north of the Moores Lane exit where a 20-mile chase ended after Metro Nashville Police responded to reports of a man holding a gun on another in North Nashville. // MARK COOK
FROM STAFF REPORTS
A police chase through rush-hour traffic that ended in Williamson County began in North Nashville, where Metro Police say a 20-year-old man rammed a patrol car with his SUV after being blocked in a cul-de-sac by a pursuing officer.
Dylan Bailey told police that his involvement in the drug trade prompted him to flee from North Precinct officers in the Buick Rendezvous.
Officers first encountered Bailey when they responded to a report of a man in a Buick Rendezvous holding a gun on another man in the parking lot of Bordeaux Hospital on County Hospital Road. When officers arrived, Bailey began driving erratically in the parking lot and took off at a high rate of speed. He led officers on a pursuit that included travel on 18th Avenue North. When he turned onto 18th Avenue Court, Officer Gene McCollum stopped his police car at the entrance to the cul-de-sac. Rather than go around the police vehicle, Bailey rammed it and continued on. McCollum fired four shots at the crossover SUV about a second after the ramming. Bailey, 20, unhurt and unfazed, kept driving.
Multiple convoys of marked and unmarked police cars sped south on I-65, entering Williamson County.
As Bailey fled on the interstate, the crossover SUV reportedly made contact with the concrete median. Bailey gave up after two tires on the vehicle, one on each side, blew out. He ultimately surrendered on I-65 South in Williamson County just prior to the Cool Springs Galleria/Moores Lane exit.
According to police reports, two semi-automatic pistols were found inside the Buick, one on the front passenger seat, the other on the front passenger floorboard. Bailey claimed officers would also find a variety of drugs in the vehicle as well. The Buick was been impounded and police said it would be searched on Wednesday.
Bailey was being charged Tuesday night with aggravated assault on a police officer and felony reckless endangerment. Additional charges are likely.
Officer McCollum, a 10-year MNPD veteran, is on routine administrative assignment while the shooting aspect of this case is under investigation.