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Police chase suspect into Gladeville
Apr 19, 2006 12:00 am
April 12, 2006 The Wilson County Sheriff's Department and Metro Nashville Police Department gave conflicting reports about how a multi-county car chase ended in Gladeville on Tuesday morning, and about what happened to the robbery suspect who tried unsuccessfully to flee from city, county and state law enforcement officials.
However, neither agency disputed the reason for the chase.
At 3:58 a.m. Tuesday, Metro Police received a call regarding the attempted robbery of the Mapco station at 710 Stewarts Ferry Pike in Davidson County. Police received a partial license plate number and description of the vehicle and suspect at that time.
Later, at 7:10 a.m. the same suspect – later identified as Lawrence P. Fish, 36, of 2302 Hermitage Park Drive – successfully robbed JR's Market, which is located at 5303 Nolensville Road in Davidson County.
"At this point in time, we received an accurate tag number," said Amanda Sluss, a spokeswoman for the Metro Nashville Police Department. "The vehicle and the suspect matched the description from Mapco."
The clerk at JR's market took a club, similar to a baseball bat, and hit the suspect multiple times in in the head. The clerk also followed the suspect out of the market and began smashing out his car windows, Metro Police said.
"That was yet another description that was helpful for us to identify the car," Sluss said. "The clerk had successfully smashed out the back window and I believe the front driver's side window. And didn't completely break out the windshield but it was smashed."
A short time after the suspect fled JR's Market, Metro Police Detective James Michael Chastain spotted the vehicle passing the Drake Motel on Murfreesboro Pike and initiated a pursuit that reportedly led police into Rutherford and Wilson counties.
It is at this point, however, that reports from various agencies began to diverge.
According to the Wilson County Sheriff's Department, Metro police pursued Fish from Davidson County into Rutherford County, back into Davidson County and then into Wilson County. The pursuit ended when the suspect crashed at Gladeville Road and Central Pike, just off of State Road 840 in Wilson County.
"We pulled ours (officers) off when the driver began to endanger the public by driving on the wrong side of the road on the interstate," Wilson County Terry Ashe said. "At one point I think he slammed a Metro patrol car. I think a Metro officer sustained a slight injury."
The sheriff's office also took pictures at the crash site on Gladeville Road.
The photos show the suspect's vehicle – a black Honda Accord with some of its windows smashed out – on the side of the road next to am apparently damaged Metro patrol car.
Metro police, however, said their officers ended their pursuit once the suspect left Davidson County, and said Metro officers were not there at the time the chase ended.
"It's my understanding that once the pursuit went over the county line it was picked up by another law enforcement agency," Sluss said.
Sluss also said she had no evidence of any damage to any Metro police vehicles, nor did she have any information about any injured officers.
"I have no information on that," Sluss said.
Both agencies said Wilson County sheriff's deputies made the arrest. But accounts then differed once again, this time about who ended up with custody of the suspect.
"We were not responsible for the apprehension of the suspect," Sluss said. "It's my understanding that, that would have been under the authority of officials in Wilson County."
Sluss said she understood Fish to be in the custody of Wilson County law enforcement.
Ashe, however, indicated otherwise.
"We made the arrest. We were there, after it looked to me like he tried to run over the (Metro) officer. And then they (Metro) took the suspect into custody and took him to Nashville because he has injuries from where one of his victims assaulted him back," Ashe said.
Although she could not say where Fish was, Sluss confirmed he is being charged with attempted robbery, robbery and evading an arrest in Davidson County.
Ashe said Fish will likely face charges of reckless endangerment in Wilson County.
Staff Writer Jared Allen can be reached at 444-3952 ext. 15 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.