ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A high-speed chase results in an ex going to jail and a stolen handgun being recovered.
This criminal adventure began on the night of April 21. That’s when Ashland City Officer Alexis Duncan sped a car at 70 mph in a 55 mph zone on Highway 12 South.
The car was driven by Marque Collins, 32, a convicted felon who served time at the DOC in 2015 for drug offences. His sentence expired on March 31, 2017.
According to the Ashland police report, Collins refused to pull over and the chase was between 80-100 mph.
At one point, members of the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department deployed spike strips near the sheriff’s department.
Two of Collins’ tires deflated and he ended up in the 1500 section of Highway 12 North.
The bodycam video is animated, as the officers can be heard ordering the driver to get off the ground.
During his arrest, the 32-year-old told officers he didn’t stop because he was smoking and he was scared.
Officer: “What’s in the car?”
Officer: “You’re running from the highway.”
Collins: “Smoke. I am smoking. I am smoking. I smoked, man. I’m just afraid to stop. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.”
Officer: “Well, you’ve just paid yourself a felony.”
Collins: “A felony?”
Officer: “Yes, running away from the police is a felony.”
Collins: “It’s just weed.”
Officer: “It’s not important.”
Police searched the vehicle and found drug paraphernalia and a magazine for a .45-caliber Glock pistol, but officers did not find the gun.
According to the police report, when asked if he had thrown the gun out the window, Collins said he did not have one and that he was unaware of one. In addition, the passenger in the car also told police that she did not see the gun or Collins threw the gun out the window.
That woman has not been charged in connection with the chase.
Collins was arrested and charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest, driving with a license revoked, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
That might have been the end of the story for Collins, but two days later, a man living along the trail called police to report he had found a .45-caliber handgun on the pad the grass where he is mowing.
The man said the gun had no magazine, but it had a bullet in the chamber.
Police examined the gun and determined it was stolen from Nashville.
Police confiscated the weapon and then examined video from the Ashland City Liquor Store, also along the road of pursuit.
Police saw the chase in front of the store, and then there was a spark as something metal fell onto the pavement and, at high speed, bounced across the asphalt and into the yard where the person was. The man found the gun.
Additional orders have been issued against Collins, including for possession of a handgun while committing a felony and tampering with evidence.
Collins was picked up on May 12 by Montgomery County officers, who are said to have answered his residence over an inbound call. While there, officers learned of pending charges from the City of Ashland and Collins has now returned to Cheatham County Jail to await a mortgage hearing.
News 2 talked to a married woman who was mowing the lawn and found the weapon. She does not want to reveal her name.
“He picked it up and brought it into the house to show me, it didn’t have a clamp, but there was a bullet in it, and I said, ‘you need to call the police now.’ It’s my godchild’s house, it’s true that you threw your gun in the middle and hit my godson’s house and my husband could have mutilated it, and my kids could have stepped on it. He was mowing the lawn in broad daylight, like right now, and if he hadn’t seen it and mowed it, it was likely shot. “
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“Anyone can come along, especially a kid playing in the front yard, can come and pick up that gun, and the situation can be very tragic,” said Ashland City Police Devin Mabry. said more.
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