37-year-old Russell Scott was charged with theft of property, reckless endangerment, evading arrest, and the fourth offense of driving on a revoked license. Scott’s charges stem from stealing a Ford Mustang, then driving away from law enforcement despite multiple commands to stop. The Mustang’s estimated value was $11,000.
On June 1st, Deputy Long received a report of a stolen Ford Mustang, according to a computer check conducted by officer Elliot of the Mount Juliet Police Department. Long noticed a vehicle matching the description shortly thereafter on Trousdale Ferry Pike, traveling at speeds above the posted limits. According to the affidavit, the Mustang was swerving between lanes of traffic and harming other individuals on the roadway. Long initiated emergency equipment and began to pursue the vehicle. The driver decided against pulling over for the traffic stop and commenced a police chase along Interstate 40 west.
The Mustang proceeded to turn off of Trousdale Ferry Pike and onto Linwood Rd in order to merge into I-40 West. Other members of law enforcement responded at this time. The driver continued to weave throughout traffic lanes and ignored all commands to stop the vehicle. The chase reportedly came to a halt due to traffic and construction throughout the interstate.
The operator of the vehicle, later identified as Russell Scott, was determined to be the individual who originally stole the Mustang from Michael Florez, according to an investigation held by MJPD. The vehicle was valued at $11,000. Further investigation revealed that Scott’s license had been revoked in Giles County in September of 2007 for driving under the influence. This is the fourth offense for Scott driving under a revoked license.
Russell Scott was arrested and charged with theft of property, reckless endangerment, evading arrest, and the fourth offense of driving on a revoked license. His bond was set at $10,000.