VIDEO: Tennessee school employee arrested after high-speed chase with children in vehicle
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nearly two weeks after being placed on paid administrative leave, Jeffrey Alan Smith, director of visual and performing arts for Metro Nashville Public Schools, would become the subject of a high-speed lawsuit that spans several counties.
Things escalated on Friday afternoon when the Metro Police issued a BOLO (Be On The Lookout) for an orange Nissan Murano. The MNPD said the driver was wanted for possible kidnapping and was considered armed and dangerous.
Cheatham County deputies found this car around 3:30 p.m. at a church along Highway 12. When the deputy pulled up behind the car and ordered to surrender at gunpoint, he went off at high speed.
Dashcam shows the 46-year-old driving over the double yellow lines, in other traffic lanes, sometimes at speeds over 100mph.
Deputies would later learn that there were two children in this speeding car.
Once in Montgomery County, dashcam video showed the Murano swerving wildly at a spiked deputy on the side of the road. The car then drove through a crowded gas station and was back on the road.
At the time, law officers from Cheatham and Montgomery were chasing Smith who was speeding down the crowded Riverfront Drive in Clarksville.
After almost 30 minutes, the former MNPS director crashed into a neighborhood. It was then that the deputies prosecuted one of the occupants who turned out to be a 13-year-old boy.
Once captured, the teenager told court officers that the driver of the Murano was his father.
Bodycam captured the moment Jeffrey Alan Smith was pulled from the car. He screams. According to Cheatham Deputies, Montgomery County court officers used a taser.
Metro Public Schools confirmed Jeffrey Smith as the Director of Visual and Performing Arts and started with the public school system in October 2018.
School officials declined to comment on why Smith was placed on paid administrative leave earlier this month.
Smith was taken into custody on a slew of charges in Montgomery County, including evading arrest, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and aggravated assault of a first responder.
Cheatham County also has warrants awaiting Smith.
In his disciplinary letter obtained by News 2, school officials ordered Smith not to return to his duties or contact anyone at MNPS, including students, parents or co-workers pending the outcome of his investigation.
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