Metro officer injured during foot pursuit of suspect

Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 5:25pm
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Jairo Hoseas Santos

A Metro Nashville Police Department officer was injured on the job Wednesday night as he attempted to take a man into custody.

Officer Garret Blunier pulled over a vehicle driven by Jairo Hoseas Santos, 37, for running a stop sign in Antioch around 9 p.m. Wednesday. Santos complied with instructions to exit the car, but he took off running when Blunier approached him, according to police.

A foot chase ensued and Blunier suffered an injury to his head, which police believe may have occurred when he ran into a tree branch. Blunier was temporarily knocked unconscious before fellow officers came to his aid.

Two juvenile girls who were also in Santos’ vehicle were detained. They helped identify Santos, and he was apprehended in the attic of his house at 3:35 a.m. on Thursday.

Santos was charged with resisting arrest, evading arrest, aggravated assault of an officer and driving on a revoked license.

Blunier was treated at Summit Medical Center, then released.

8 Comments on this post:

By: NewYorker1 on 4/5/13 at 7:53

“police believe may have occurred when he ran into a tree branch. Blunier was temporarily knocked unconscious”, YES YES YES. I LOVE IT. I HATE cops. The way they pull me over because I’m black and drive expensive vehicles and live in an expensive neighborhood (Green Hills). Hell, I pay more than average taxes for my home and my business and I get treated like S_ _ T.

By: Jughead on 4/5/13 at 11:33

@Yorktard: Move to the ghetto where you belong and you won't have a problem.

By: Jughead on 4/5/13 at 11:37

You get treated like SH&*T because you are an assh*&^le.

By: grid on 4/6/13 at 4:55

Glad to hear that Officer Blunier will be ok, but I'm sure his fellow officers will give him a terrible ribbing for hitting a tree branch!

NewYorker1, if this has happened more than once in your neighborhood, have you considered filing an official complaint? You'd need the officer's name & badge number to get started.

I work in law enforcement, and believe me, citizens' complaints are taken seriously.

By: Ask01 on 4/6/13 at 8:21

I'm afraid I have serious doubts about allowing police officers to evaluate complaints about police officers. The adage against letting the fox guard the henhouse, while old, is very true.

I would have more faith if a citizens panel, convened without any law enforcement input, were to review any complaints and be allowed to issue binding decisions.

That said, I'm impressed one of metro's finest even undertook to chase a suspect on foot. Considering some of the pot bellied cops I've seen waddeling around Nashville, this is an achievement.

Equally impressive, he didn't just shoot or tase the fleeing suspect.

By: grid on 4/7/13 at 6:29

That might work, Ask01. Internal investigation is supposed to be objective.

But there's such an "us against them" mentality when it comes to law enforcement & regular citizens. Many officers feel as though every little thing they do is scrutinized, and citizens feel like they are always being singled-out. It doesn't help people feel better when they read about officers abusing their authority, either.

It's stressful for law enforcement & citizens alike. Unfortunately, I don't have any answers. Both sides need to air their concerns to one another...that would help.

By: Ask01 on 4/7/13 at 7:24

grid, read the book by Norm Stamper, "Breaking Rank."

While written by a former police chief, he doesn't blindly defend the 'tattered blue line' as do so many of his ilk.

He offers some insight into the mind of law enforcement, but doesn't sugar coat the realities of corrupt, trigger happy cops, selective, often racially motivated enforcement of laws, (i.e. the slang cop phrase DWB, driving while black,) the often under reported cases of official abuse of power, and the pressure on the good ones to cover for the miscreants in their ranks.

There are indeed good cops, but I fear they don't last long. Too many are mindless automatons, "just doing my job," translated as "just following orders."

When I grew up in a small town, cops rarely arrested people unless theft, murder, or damage to people and property was involved. Rather than burden the system and perhaps ruin an otherwise good citizen, they used judgement and allowed, for example, parents to deal with kids buying alcohol or tobacco.

Of course that was before our slide to a near police state and the seemingly imminent militarization of police departments. (Have you noticed the increasing amount of gear some of these guys carry and the military style of uniforms? Andy would be appalled, but Barney would be ecstatic. I still wonder what sort of vulgar fantasy those at the top of law enforcement are living, wearing a colonels eagle or a five star rank.)

Obviously, I am not totally neutral. I have more suspicion of police than trust, for which they can blame themselves.

Let's face it, law enforcement continue to stress the fallacious concept of "protect and serve," but are quick to say they are not responsible for protecting private citizens, merely investigating and maybe making arrests after an assault or murder.

Before the copper glee club starts, my only interaction with police has been hanging up on them when they call begging for money for their benevolent society. They knew the job was dangerous when they took it, so they need to get better insurance or a different job.

By: grid on 4/7/13 at 3:33

I appreciate your insight, Ask01 & I'll see if I can find that book. Unfortunately, law enforcement often attracts the wrong kind of people (i.e. those with a chip on their shoulder, something to prove, those with a big ego, etc).

Thankfully, those types are the minority where I am. Most of the officers I know are humble men & women who take their oaths of commission seriously; public servants, not public masters.

Despite the problems, I'm glad I work in law enforcement. I go home at the end of the day knowing I did my small part to help keep people safer. That's a good feeling!