Suspect gets stuck in storm drain during police chase

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By Cody Engdahl


Mount Juliet, TN (CNN) — Mt. Juliet police said a man who ran from a traffic stop on Wednesday morning has been arrested.

The man was first stopped by an officer for speeding at 8:20 a.m. on Eastgate Boulevard. 

The driver, identified as 32-year-old Michael Shaw, jumped out of the car and took off running toward Interstate 40.

Around 9:15 a.m., he was spotted in the Belinda City neighborhood near Sunny Acre Drive.

An officer chased Shaw into a storm drain on the 1000 block of Rolling Meadow Drive around 9:50 a.m.

“We were trying to figure out where could the storm drain lead,” said Lt. Tyler Chandler with Mt. Juliet police. “Once he entered, we didn’t see him for another 40 minutes.”

Shaw made it about 30 feet before he hit an opening in the street, where police said he became stuck.

Officers used crowbars to lift the gate so he could be taken into custody. Shaw was not harmed during the incident.

Chandler said Shaw didn’t say much when he was arrested.

“Didn’t say much, just that, you know, said, ‘Hey, I’m done. I’m tired.’ And that was basically it,” Chandler said.

Shaw is charged with driving on suspended license – fourth offense and evading arrest. He was also wanted in Henderson County for a violation of a community corrections warrant.

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