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Police: Car thief rammed cops, fled and tried to steal again – The Tennessean

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A previously convicted car thief is being held on a $225,000 bond after allegedly ramming a squad car while trying to flee from Nashville police, then attempting a carjacking to escape.

The suspect was eventually captured by a police dog.

Derell K Broyles Jr., 20, of LaVergne, has been charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, illegal weapon possession and evading arrest, all as felonies. He is expected to make his first court appearance in this case on Tuesday and does not have a lawyer listed in public records.

Metro police arrested Broyles on Friday night in a strange pursuit, according to Davidson County court records. The chase began in the parking lot of the Paddock at Grandview apartment complex after police spotted two vehicles, a white Jeep and a black Honda Accord, that matched the descriptions of vehicles that were taken in recent carjackings.

The Jeep began to leave the parking lot, then police pulled behind it in a patrol car, preparing to follow. Court records say Honda intentionally rammed the patrol car from behind, then both the Honda and the Jeep fled. The collision did “major damage” to the back of the patrol car, but police were still able to chase to the two vehicles, which “drove in tandem” as they fled southeast. Police officers were unharmed.

The chase stretched for more than 7 miles before the Honda struck another vehicle at the intersection of Murfreesboro Pike and Millwood Drive, at which point a woman exited from the passenger seat. The Honda then fled again, driving about 7 more miles until it ran off the roadway and crashed into a tree line in Antioch. When the police arrived, the driver was gone, but officers found a .40 caliber handgun inside the vehicle.

Shortly after the driver vanished, officers were flagged down by some nearby residents who said a man tried to steal their car, threatened them with a handgun and then fled on foot into the woods. Cops used a police dog to track the suspect from the scene, then arrested Broyes at a nearby house.

One of the victims of the attempted car jacking later identified Broyes as the suspect, court records state. The woman who was a passenger in the Honda also confirmed for police that the vehicle could have avoided their patrol car but instead rammed it on purpose.

It is unclear from court records what happened to the Jeep. 

Brett Kelman is the health care reporter for The Tennessean. He can be reached at 615-259-8287 or at brett.kelman@tennessean.com.

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