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Car theft suspect leads police on high-speed chase near downtown

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man is charged with leading police on a high-speed chase near downtown Nashville on Friday.

According to an arrest affidavit, police started chasing the vehicle after they noticed the suspect driving erratically along Carroll Street near Charles E. Davis Boulevard.

An officer then ran the plates and discovered that the vehicle was stolen.

Police said 22-year-old Malik Watson was behind the wheel of the stolen vehicle.

Officers put their lights and sirens on in an attempt to stop Watson, who reportedly sped onto the highway into oncoming traffic.

A short time later a Metro Police helicopter notified officers that the suspect had crashed near Moorewood Drive and Spears Road.

Police caught up with Watson coming out of the woods and took him into custody.

According to the report, Watson had marijuana and other drugs on him and told police he ‘meant to stop’ during the chase.

He was charged with theft and evading police.

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