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Teenager charged with juvenile crimes escapes from custody

There are times when teenagers may exhibit poor judgment and find themselves in trouble. One Tennessee teen was being detained for alleged juvenile crimes. However, while being held, the teen reportedly escaped from the facility.

A 17-year-old male from the Nashville area had been charged with drug and weapons possession. He was being held in Maury County at the Middle Tennessee Juvenile Detention Center. According to officers from the Columbia Police Department, the teen said that he was sick and needed medical attention. Reportedly, a guard from the facility drove him to the Maury Regional Medical Center emergency department.

Tennessee man charged with drunk driving after police chase

Charges for being intoxicated behind the wheel of a motor vehicle are no small matter, and may be particularly difficult when filed in conjunction with other charges. This appears to be the case for a Tennessee man who is charged with drunk driving, reckless endangerment and driving with a revoked license. He had one passenger in his vehicle at the time of his arrest, but she was not charged.

The driver allegedly led police from two different counties on a chase, although it is not clear what situation led to this incident. Sometime after the driver left the county where the chase initiated and passed into an adjoining county, he lost control of the vehicle while trying to navigate a curve in the road. His vehicle ran off the road, hit several trees and rolled to a stop on the left side.

5 facing drug charges after Nashville raids

Law enforcement agencies in Tennessee often work together when investigating alleged drug operations. Various organizations recently teamed up in Nashville to address reported drug activity in some residential areas of the city. Five individuals are now facing a variety of drug charges following a series of raids by police officers.

Reports show that police conducted two searches at the same time late last month. One search occurred at a home in Goodlettsville, while the other took place on a street outside the city. Two men and one woman were arrested after marijuana and a firearm were apparently found. Police then went to another location on Music Row. Two additional men were arrested after marijuana was discovered near a drug-free zone.

Tennessee driver charged with drunk driving

A woman believed to have picked up a group of students while intoxicated is facing serious charges in Sweetwater, according to local sources. Tennessee authorities arrested the woman on suspicion of drunk driving on the afternoon of May 21. She faces a DUI charge as well as four counts of felony recklessness. If she is found guilty, she could go to jail for a substantial period of time and lose her driver's license, possibly permanently. 

According to officers on the scene, the woman was observed by witnesses striking a curb in a parking lot, which prompted notification of police. Officers worked in conjunction to track down the vehicle, which had departed by the time officers arrived. It was found at a local intermediate school where the woman had picked up four children ranging from ages 7 to 12. Her vehicle was tailed by detectives, who say they observed her nearly run a red light before striking another curb at some 40 mph. 

Always refuse a search of your vehicle

For the most part, the police can only search a car if they have a warrant. This will not stop them from asking if it is all right if they search your car during a traffic stop. You have a right to refuse and wait for a warrant to arrive if an officer is certain a crime has taken place.

You should remain calm, cool and collected during a traffic stop. You do not want to give officers any reason to suspect you committed a crime. Even if you believe they will not find anything incriminating inside your vehicle, you should still always say, "No." 

Rise in juvenile crimes in Tennessee schools, report says

Teachers and administrators do their best to keep schools safe, but this can be a challenge when students act out. According to recent figures, crimes reported in elementary and secondary schools across the state have increased 13.5 percent over the past three years. This concerning increase in juvenile crimes on school premises was shared in a report from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released in May 2018.

According to the report, 27,038 total incidents took place between 2015 and 2017. Of these, 37.4 percent of the incidents were characterized as simple assault. The most common demographic group to be accused of juvenile crimes in Tennessee schools were boys between 16 and 17 years of age. This group comprised 28.1 percent of offenders.

Theft and property crimes: Gas clerk shoots robbery suspect

Police say three men who allegedly tried to rob a gas station got more than they bargained for from an angry clerk. This incident, classified under theft and property crimes in Tennessee, involves accusations that three armed men tried to rob a gas station store and the clerk wasn't having it. The 58-year-old employee is said to have fought back and ended up shooting one of the suspects.

The worker was on a break when police said the suspects, who were armed, began to run toward him. The worker apparently claims that one of the suspects pointed a gun at him, so he used his firearm to shoot the man, wounding him in the stomach. He alleges that the two other suspects fled the scene, leaving their injured cohort. 

Alleged domestic violence stems from man not paying for abortion

A 30-year-old woman is in jail for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend. The alleged episode of domestic violence in Tennessee took place when the man said he refused to give his girlfriend money to have an abortion. He told cops when he told the woman he wouldn't foot the bill to terminate the pregnancy, she physically lashed out at him.

The man said the accused became irate when he didn't fork over the $300 the abortion would have cost. He went on to tell police that he tried to leave his residence, but the woman got into his vehicle and would not get out. Instead of walking away, the man got into the car anyway and began to drive. That is when he alleges his girlfriend began to hit him in the head.

Juvenile crimes: Minor facing auto theft, weapons charges

A 17-year-old male is facing weapons charges in connection with a recent police search. The Metro Police Juvenile Crimes Task Force in Nashville came across a vehicle that was reported stolen while on the lookout for other stolen Tennessee vehicles. When they approached the car, the driver allegedly fled. Cops found the car in a nearby neighborhood. According to witnesses, the driver and passengers ran into an apartment.

Upon investigation, the cops said they smelled marijuana coming from the apartment where they found four people, two under the age of 18. An 18 and 17-year-old male allegedly told cops they were in the vehicle. While searching the apartment, police claim to have found firearms, drugs and drug paraphernalia. One of the firearms was said to be stolen.

3 things you can refuse when stopped by police

Many tourists come to the Sevierville, Tennessee area for the wealth of attractions, from Dollywood in Pigeon Forge to the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. What you may not know as a visitor to the area, however, is that local law enforcement is extremely vigilant in policing. You may find yourself facing DUI charges if you drive while under the influence on vacation.

Here are three things you can refuse when police pull you over.

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