Convicted cocaine dealer and car thief James Edward Jones is behind bars after leading Metro Police on a high-speed chase in a stolen Chevrolet Malibu on Monday morning.
Police officers spotted the Malibu that was allegedly stolen from Lewis Street on Sunday, on Nolensville Pike near the Nashville Zoo. When officers attempted to stop the stolen vehicle, the driver fled.
Police pursued the vehicle through south Nashville and onto Murfreesboro Pike. He finally crashed into a van parked at the intersection of Lafayette and Claiborne streets as he attempted to turn into the J.C. Napier public housing development.
The suspect fled on foot, police said. He was picked up moments later sitting on the front porch of one of the apartments. A 9-mm semi-automatic pistol was recovered from the Malibu.
Jones, 35, who has been charged with 138 offenses by Metro police since 1991, has been convicted of a number of felonies in the past, including selling cocaine, aggravated assault, reckless aggravated assault and auto theft.
He was on probation at the time of Monday’s arrest. He is now jailed in lieu of $44,000 bond on charges of unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon, auto theft, evading arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal impersonation, driving on a suspended license, and false imprisonment.
A woman in the car with Jones, Chency Birnbaum, 26, said that she yelled for him to stop and let her out during the pursuit, but that Jones refused. Birnbaum was issued a state misdemeanor citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.
“Jones is back in custody because Officer Stephens alertly noticed that the small window on the rear passenger door of the Malibu was broken and ran the tag to see if the car was stolen,” Chief Ronal Serpas said. “Officers Stephens and Mayo did an excellent job in ensuring that Jones and the gun wound up in police custody.”