19-year-old Daniel Martinez-Long was jailed this week, charged with drag racing, drug possession, evading arrest, no driver’s license, aggravated reckless driving, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and more after attempting to flee from officers and a police helicopter on a high-speed chase. Police say Martinez-Long fled at speeds in excess of 100 mph on I-24 W while in close proximity to other vehicles. He fled after police attempted to apprehend him. He attempted to strike a police cruiser with his vehicle during the pursuit. He reportedly pretended to comply with a traffic stop at Great Circle Road, but he quickly placed his vehicle in reverse and attempted to strike the cruiser, swerving at the last minute and then placing his car in drive and speeding away. Once he was eventually tracked and stopped, officers located marijuana inside the vehicle and placed him into custody on a multitude of charges.
19-year-old Daniel Martinez-Long was booked this week on an outstanding warrant from April 10th when he was caught doing donuts and blocking traffic on Queen Anne Drive. Karina Agner told police that as she passed by Daniel, she lightly honked her horn and asked him to stop doing donuts and blocking the street. Daniel and a group of several other individuals approached Karina in an aggressive manner. Karina was standing outside of her vehicle at this time, and Daniel walked over to her and punched her in the face. She fell to the ground, and he started kicking her while she was on the ground. Karina told police that Daniel followed her and teased her about getting her “ass beat” and telling her he was going to kill her. She advised that she didn’t know Daniel but believed he lived down the street because his car was always parked there. The precinct created a photo lineup of possible suspects, and Karina was able to identify Daniel as one of the suspects.
19-year-old Juan Jose Mendoza Soriano was jailed on June 24th after police saw him driving a white Buick SUV aggressively on Bell Road. He was observed crossing the double yellow lines and speeding to pass cars. Police then saw him run a red light and continue to travel to the wrong side of the road to pass other vehicles. Police activated their lights and sirens and attempted to pull him over, but he continued to speed off, trying to reach the vehicle’s maximum speed. Another officer deployed spikes, but Mendoza avoided the spikes and turned his lights off to black out his SUV. He then entered an apartment complex and bailed on foot. He was found in the wood lines and was taken into custody. He later told police that he ran from them due to adrenalin. Police found multiple open containers in his vehicle, and he blew a .043% BAC on a breathalyzer.
Metro Nashville Police are trying out a new tool to deter street racers in Nashville… they’re charging organizers, participants, and spectators with rioting. It’s a bold move that likely won’t withstand a long-term challenge, and many street racers say they’re not worried, as they can only stop about 1/200 participants with limited air/ground resources…
21-year-old Jacob Derryberry was part of a large group of street racers in a parking lot on Corporate Way in the early hours of Sunday morning. Police had a helicopter in the area documenting the cars and crowd. Derryberry reportedly shined a laser beam, which was attached to a BB gun, at the occupants of the police helicopter. Derryberry then fled Corporate Drive and drove to Thorntons on Old Hickory Blvd, where pilots were able to direct ground officers to the vehicle. Video from the helicopter shows Derryberry moving from the driver’s seat into the passenger’s seat as offices arrived. Derryberry was also in possession of marijuana and had minor passengers in the vehicle.
21-year-old Tanner Hollingsworth was driving his white 2012 GMC Yukon alongside a Dodge Challenger while drag racing on April 15. Police say he admitted to being a part of “the group” that was also blocking intersections so that cars could spin inside the ‘pit.’ While he was racing the Challenger through an intersection near Fesslers Lane, he was unable to avoid an oncoming vehicle, and crashed into the vehicle, leaving the driver with injuries. Security video from nearby businesses showed him weaving in and out of traffic and racing before the crash. Hollingsworth was charged with drag racing via a state citation and was booked on the charge this week.
18-year-old Andrea Samy Shehata was driving his 2010 white Nissan 370Z on Murfreesboro Pike on May 1 alongside two similar cars as they were being observed by police. Shehata and one other vehicle suddenly took off at a high rate of speed and Officer Hausman attempted a traffic stop on both vehicles for drag racing. Speeds reached over 100 mph in a 45 mph zone with Shehata splitting between cars as he crossed multiple lanes of traffic. He then merged onto Briley Parkway, where Nashville traffic was doing what it does, and stopped him in a traffic backup. He pulled to the side of the road and was taken into custody on multiple charges.
20-year-old Jermarion Brown faces a cornucopia of charges as he remains jailed in lieu of an $84,000 bond Monday. He was found hiding in the shower of a hotel bathroom Saturday morning, a room also occupied by two of his male friends. Police say they had noticed Brown driving a blue Dodge Charger 392 throughout the evening recklessly driving on Murfreesboro Pike. Hours later, they again located the car as it was in line to turn into a nightclub on the same road. As officers approached the car, which had no tag displayed, Brown placed the charger in reverse. Officers screamed “Don’t do it!” but that didn’t stop Brown from fleeing backward, going the wrong way on Murfreesboro Pike., nearly ramming a patrol car. He then drove through a grassy ditch as he lost control but eventually fled along Kermit Drive.
Officers did not pursue him but instead waited for him at a nearby hotel where the car had been seen earlier. Officers found the car, covered in fresh grass, parked at the hotel, and security directed them to the room, already knowing who they were searching for. Two friends answered the door and stated they were the only ones in the room. After a bit of back-and-forth, they finally admitted Brown was hiding in the shower. Brown said he ran because he “was scared,” but later said, “That was my car, but I wasn’t driving,” when they explained they had documented his reckless driving at five different scenes, including Airport Center Drive, where illegal car side shows were being held, along with street/intersection takeovers.
27-year-old Esteban Perez was jailed on April 9th after driving drunk and crashing on Harding Place. When police responded, they saw Perez unsteady on his feet and had an obvious stench of alcohol coming from his breath. He had no valid ID and could only provide a photo of a Guatemalan passport for identification. There were several opened containers of alcohol in his car, some still partially full and cool to the touch. Perez admitted to drinking three Modelos before the accident but claimed not to be the driver. A nearby camera shows him being the sole occupant exiting the vehicle after the crash. He agreed to sobriety tests and performed poorly. He was read his Miranda rights in Spanish, was given a breathalyzer, and blew a .136% BAC.
27-year-old Matthew Sledge was jailed on April 14th after causing a 5-vehicle accident leading to two people being injured on I440. Witnesses told police that a black Audi was drag racing another Audi, which led to 5 vehicles being involved and two injured. One of the vehicles involved was flipped over on the road. The witnesses told police a male exited the Audi and ran across I440 down the exit ramp. The male’s description matched an ID left in the vehicle. The car was registered to the individual matching the ID. Sledge also left his phone behind, which had directions leading to 5010 Old Hickory Boulevard.
While police were searching the vehicle, it had an overbearing odor of alcohol, and they found an unopened container of alcohol on the passenger side floorboard. Sledge has two prior DUI convictions and an extensive driving history, including a personal injury accident with points against his record, careless driving from Kentucky, and speeding as high as 32 mph over the speed limit, the latest being 102 in a 70mph zone. Sledge has also had his license suspended and revoked prior.