Manchester man tries to dodge police by ramming into their vehicles

27-year-old Seth Graves was charged with DUI, driving on a suspended license, resisting arrest, and three counts each of aggravated assault on an officer, reckless endangerment, and vandalism after he fled from police with three passengers in his vehicle and rammed into several patrol cars when they tried to detain him.

On December 2nd, Wilson County Sheriff’s Deputy Clawson reported a vehicle going 66 mph in a 55 mph zone on Murfreesboro Road. He advised the driver, Seth Graves, did not stop or slow down when he tried to initiate a traffic stop and had to call for backup before Graves finally pulled over. As the deputy made contact with Graves, he appeared hostile and was reluctant to answer questions. It was also noted that there were three other passengers inside the vehicle.

Seth Graves (WCSO)
Seth Graves (WCSO)

According to the affidavit, Graves refused to exit the vehicle and pulled his arm away from the deputy, hitting him with the driver’s door as he drove away. He traveled a short distance before letting a passenger exit the vehicle and then proceeded to pass other drivers on the shoulder of the road. Deputy Clawson stated he followed Graves on and off the road as he was avoiding spike strips and the police. Sergeant Harvey and Deputy Pierce intervened on Simmons Bluff Road and aided Deputy Clawson by blocking him in between the patrol cars.

It was reported that Graves rammed the patrol cars with his vehicle in an attempt to escape and closed a car door on Deputy Clawson’s leg. He then backed his car into a ditch until he was no longer able to move. As they approached him, Graves refused to cooperate and spun his tires as he tried to escape. He continuously resisted the police until he was placed in custody. Deputy Clawson then made contact with the three passengers, who expressed fear for their lives due to Graves’ actions.

Deputy Pierce stated when first responders arrived, Graves admitted to shooting up methamphetamine and that he has not slept for five days. Further investigation also revealed Graves’ license was suspended, with three prior convictions for driving on a suspended license.

Seth Graves was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, three counts of reckless endangerment, three counts of vandalism, DUI, driving with a suspended license, and resisting arrest. He is currently jailed in lieu of a $214,000 bond.

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