By RACHAEL LONG
After being detained at the scene of a vehicle crash on Old Hickory Boulevard, a Columbia man now identified as Jerry Pack, 44, climbed through a police cage, handcuffed, and drove away in a Brentwood Police vehicle.
Assistant Police Chief Tommy Walsh said the incident took place on Friday, May 17 at approximately 6 p.m. Pack was being detained on Old Hickory Boulevard at Eastpark Drive as Metro Nashville Police investigated the crash, Walsh said.
Pack was handcuffed behind his back in the back seat of the Brentwood Police Department vehicle when police say he managed to move his handcuffs to the front of his body. He then climbed through the open cage and drove away in the patrol car, Walsh said.
After fleeing in the vehicle, Walsh said Pack drove east on Old Hickory Boulevard to I-65 South as multiple officers pursued him. Pack exited I-65 at Concord Road and drove south on Franklin Road before turning onto Lynnwood Way.
Police say the suspect stopped the vehicle and fled on food into a wooded area on Sawyer Road. A short time later, Pack was captured in nearby woods.
Walsh said Pack sustained a minor injury, but no vehicle crash or other injuries occurred as a result of the Friday incident.
Pack was treated and released from Williamson Medical Center and was subsequently transported to the Williamson County Jail. He is charged with theft (by possession of stolen property), evading arrest with a motor vehicle, theft under $1,000 and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.
Pack’s bond has been set at $105,000, Walsh said.