31-year-old Deandrecus Ford was jailed on February 19th when officers observed an Audi A5 with no tags driving on Glastonbury Road toward Massman Drive. Officers initiated a traffic stop, and Ford could not provide a registration. It was also discovered that Mr. Ford was driving on a suspended license. Officers ran the vehicle’s VIN and determined the car was stolen out of Memphis on February 17th. Ford was taken into custody and said he purchased the car from a friend for $900. A search of the vehicle yielded one marijuana bud and a digital scale. Officers also located an open bottle of Jack Daniels in the car. Ford admitted to knowing it was there from the day before. In the trunk of the vehicle, officers located signs for “Shelandra Ford” for office in Shelby County. Mr. Ford told officers that it was his mother. When officers called the unnamed victim, they accurately described Mr. Ford as the thief. The victim said he gave Mr. Ford a ride and stepped out of the vehicle to run something inside. When he came back out, the car was gone. The 2010 Audi A5 is valued at approximately $5,482. Mr. Ford has an extensive criminal history in Shelby County, including two robberies, two attempts at identity theft, burglary, theft, and multiple drug charges. Ford was taken into custody on February 19th for theft of a vehicle, drug paraphernalia, and driving on a suspended license.
19-year-old Marcus Mcclendon was involved in a property damage crash on I-40 East late January 21st. Officers arrived and noticed a strong odor of marijuana as they approached the driver’s side. They asked him when was the last he smoked, and he stated that his brother had smoked in the car two days ago. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded 113 grams of marijuana and a firearm with an extended magazine in the trunk. Officers also noticed Mcclendon’s license was suspended. Mcclendon was taken into custody for possession with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm with intent, and driving with a suspended license.
35-year-old Adrian Armstong had an altercation with his friend, Justin Screws, inside his car on Patio Drive in the early hours of February 4th. Armstrong opened his door as officers arrived and nodded at them, saying, “Over there,” before pulling into and parking in a nearby driveway. The resident at the location told officers they had never seen Screws or Armstrong before the incident. Officers approached Armstrong’s vehicle and heard Screws yelling for help from inside the car. Armstrong claimed that Screws had tried to rob him at knifepoint. They detained Armstrong, noticed Screws covered in blood, and then assisted him in exiting the vehicle.
Screws advised them that he and Joseph Mungenast called Armstrong for a ride since they were supposed to work together. When Armstrong picked him and Mungenast up, an argument sparked between Screws and Armstrong regarding the title of his vehicle. Armstrong accused Screws or Mungenast of taking his vehicle title during the argument. Then, Screws explained that Armstrong became angry and struck him in the face. Screws also noted that Armstrong had a knife, but he did not initially believe Armstrong had stabbed him. Screws said that he was screaming for help when officers arrived, but he could not be heard because he was locked inside Armstrong’s vehicle that has tinted windows. Mr. Mungenast stated that Screws and Armstrong argued, then Armstrong stabbed Screws and punched him repeatedly in the face.
Armstrong told officers that he had given the men a ride, and they had left a bag in the car, so he asked them to get it. Then, he claimed Screws pulled a long-fixed blade that resembled a gun and threatened him with it. So Armstrong locked the door, hindering Screws from exiting the car. Armstrong then began fighting Screws for the knife before he struck him in the face and took it from him. Armstrong stated he remained on the scene to talk to the police. Officers observed the injuries from both parties and spoke to witnesses, who had only seen the car rocking but did not hear any commotion. Officers located a green “Karambit” knife in the center console of Armstrong’s car and deemed him the primary aggressor. Armstrong was taken into custody for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, driving with a suspended license, and aggravated kidnapping.
21-year-old Tyzek Reese Mccorkle drove through a red light at the Harding Place and Belle Meade Boulevard intersection in August 2021. Officers observed this, conducted a traffic stop, and were advised that his license was suspended. Mccorkle was cited for the violation but failed to book himself. This resulted in him being taken into custody on a bench warrant for driving with a suspended license on January 30, 2024.
24-year-old Sam Bunch was involved in a car accident on Murfreesboro Pike, near Rural Hill Road, where he hit Ayodele Adewui’s vehicle and fled without exchanging information on the night of January 13th. Officers were dispatched to Bell Road and Zelida Avenue, spoke with both parties and were advised that Bunch had taken off in his truck after colliding with Adewui. Adewui stated that he followed Bunch until he stopped due to traffic, entered his truck, and told him that he was staying inside the vehicle while holding his phone until the authorities arrived. Then, they pulled into a nearby parking lot. Bunch admitted to fleeing and being the at-fault driver. Officers noticed that Bunch’s license had suspended status when verifying his identification. Bunch was taken into custody for leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a suspended license.
21-year-old Lamonica Sims threatened her ex-boyfriend, Rashun Bates, numerous times between December 26th and January 9th. Officers were dispatched to Shurgard Way and spoke with Bates, who advised them Sims called and texted him, saying she was going to kill him or have her family kill him. He told them she continued to text and call him after he asked her not to. Bates reported that she has called his roommate, family, friends, and his job to harass them too. He said he blocked her number, but she still finds ways to reach him. Sims was taken into custody for harassment.
36-year-old Taylor Crannis crashed into a curb and a telephone pole at Charlotte Ave. on October 22nd. Officers were dispatched to Charlotte Ave. regarding a vehicle crash and observed Crannis standing outside a black Ford as they arrived. Crannis told officers he was the driver of the Ford and walked away from the scene as they investigated the accident. Officers detained Crannis and conducted sobriety tests where he performed poorly but refused to do the walk-and-turn test or give a blood or breath sample. Crannis’s license returned as suspended once officers ran it through the system. Crannis was taken into custody for driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, and implied consent violation.
23-year-old Hunter Eagle was jailed May 9th after police found drug paraphernalia in his vehicle during a traffic stop. Detectives saw a black Nissan Altima parked at a business on Largo Drive outside of business hours with the engine running. When detectives ran the license plate, they discovered the registration was expired. Eagle told detectives that he didn’t have a driver’s license and gave his social security number to be identified. They found that Eagle had an active warrant from Maury County for a probation violation. The detectives noticed that there was drug paraphernalia in plain sight and Eagle advised that there would be more found in the vehicle. They found multiple loaded needles, a small amount of marijuana, a grinder and a metal spoon with burn marks and residue.
19-year-old Zachary Wilson was involved in a traffic crash in November when it was discovered he was driving on a suspended license and without insurance. He was issued citations and never appeared in court, so a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. He was booked on the two outstanding charges this week.
35-year-old Chastas Knight is charged with vehicular assault after police say she sideswiped a Nissan Altima and drove head-on into a Nissan Altima in May of 2022. One of the drivers, Tina Forward, suffered a broken finger, and the other driver, John Ayers, suffered multiple broken bones and limbs. Knight also suffered several broken bones and was transported to the hospital, where she admitted to using methamphetamine prior to crashing into the two vehicles. Warrants were later issued for her arrest, and she was booked into jail this week.