A Nashville music artist, Bryan ‘Ladonn’ Covington, led Wilson County Officers on a chase last Friday, nearly crashing into an officer, and calling 911 to tell dispatchers he wasn’t pulling over or stopping until he got to the probation office, and they could arrest him there.
The 22-year-old rapper with 30K Instagram fans, and a newly released single called ‘Cap’, was driving on Hickory Ridge Road in Wilson County last Friday when an officer spotted him passing on double yellow lines, going well in excess of the 35 mph posted speed limit. Ladonn made a last-second evasive maneuver as it approached the patrol car head-on, narrowly avoiding a collision.
The patrol officer quickly turned around to pursue the now fleeing vehicle and radioed a BOLO to other officers. Other units quickly located the fleeing vehicle further down the road, and the driver was once again crossing over the center line while speeding away. Near the intersection of Crowell Lane, Ladonn held his finger out the window to indicate “one moment” but continued to flee. At this point, the Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call from Ladonn, who stated he wasn’t going to stop or pull over until he got to the Wilson County probation office, and they could deal with his arrest there.
Officers did not agree to his terms of surrender and were eventually able to block his vehicle with a patrol car near Hartman Drive. Officers orders Bryan Ladonn Covington out of the car, but he refused to surrender. Officers attempted to extricate him from the vehicle, and Ladonn rolled up the window on the arm of one of the officers and continued to pull forward in short movements. He was eventually removed from the vehicle and placed into custody after a struggle. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a plastic bag containing marijuana, located in the center console of the vehicle.
Bryan Ladonn Covington, 22, was booked into the Wilson County Jail at 4:49 p.m. last Friday, August 30th. He was charged with resisting arrest, drug possession, misuse of 911, evading arrest, reckless driving, and driving on a revoked/suspended license. He posted a $5,000 bond at 11:15 p.m. the same night. Covington was already on probation in Wilson County, so this charge also violated his probation, a charge for which he was booked for on Wednesday, September 4th, and posted an additional $5,000 bond. Covington’s license was previously suspended for failure to appear in Lebanon City Court in October of 2018.
We reached Covington and spoke briefly about the incident on Wednesday, however, the only comment he would give on the record was “I’m Innocent”.