On Tuesday, May 1st at 11:46 p.m., an officer was conducting a close watch of the 300 block of Mason Road due to recent reports of heavy equipment batteries being stolen. The officer noticed a dark color Chevy Tahoe SUV leaving the construction site at a high rate of speed that matched the description of the suspected vehicle. Two officers attempted to pull over the driver, but the suspect continued driving at a high rate of speed into Metro-Nashville. One officer was able to get the vehicle’s tag number, which came back stolen out of Metro-Nashville.
The pursuit was ended across the county line in Metro-Nashville near Old Hickory Boulevard after losing sight of the vehicle. Shortly after, an officer reported he saw the SUV again while returning to the city. The suspect began attempting several evasive maneuvers after realizing he was being followed by a patrol officer. He attempted to make a U-turn on Nolensville Road and Elysian Fields, but was not successful.
The suspect vehicle began traveling in reverse up Elysian Fields but lost control of his vehicle and eventually flipped the vehicle near the 400 block of Elysian Fields. Two officers, along with La Vergne K-9 officer began fighting with the suspect. One officer attempted to taze the suspect multiple times, but it appeared to be ineffective. While fighting, K-9 Sjaak reengaged, biting the suspect as well as an officer. The suspect was able to escape a second time but was arrested shortly after by Metro Nashville PD.
Metro-Nashville PD worked the accident scene on Elysian Fields. Nashville Fire and EMS
responded to the location for medical treatment. The suspect was later identified as Johnathan Hutchinson. He was transported to Southern Hills Hospital for medical treatment and was later released. The officer who was injured by the K-9 was taken to StoneCrest Medical Center for medical treatment. Hutchinson was booked into RCSO. He’s charged with Evading Arrest in Motor Vehicle, Use of Lost or Stolen License Plate, Resisting Arrest, Driving on a Suspended License, Motor Cehicle Habitual Offender, Violation of Open Container Law, Attempted Burglary, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Trespass, Possession of Burglary Tools, Vandalism, Reckless Driving and Failure to Appear in Court. His General Sessions court date is set for May 30th.
Hutchinson reportedly told one of the officers that he was trying to steal batteries from heavy equipment. Later, an officer confirmed that locks to the heavy equipment were cut and there was evidence the heavy equipment was tampered with. Several batteries that matched the description of a previous felony theft at the same location were found inside the suspect’s vehicle after the arrest.
Metro-Nashville PD says they were investigating Hutchinson for similar offenses. Nashville PD says they were involved in a pursuit with the same suspect a few days ago but terminated when he was involved in a hit and run. Nolensville PD and Williamson County were also investigating Hutchinson for similar offenses as well. Hutchinson had multiple warrants out of Bedford, Williamson and Davidson Counties.