NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dylan Bailey says his involvement in the drug trade prompted him to flee from North Precinct officers in a Buick Rendezvous Tuesday evening, even ramming one patrol car to escape from a cul-de-sac off 18th Avenue North. Officer Gene McCollum fired four shots at the crossover SUV about a second after the ramming. Bailey, 20, unhurt and unfazed, kept driving. He ultimately surrendered on I-65 South in Williamson County just prior to the Cool Springs Galleria exit.
Officers first encountered Bailey when they responded to a report of a man in a Buick Rendezvous holding a gun on another man in the parking lot of Bordeaux Hospital on County Hospital Road. When officers arrived, Bailey began driving erratically in the parking lot and took off at a high rate of speed. He led officers on a pursuit that included travel on 18th Avenue North. When he turned onto 18th Avenue Court, Officer McCollum stopped his police car at the entrance to the cul-de-sac. Rather than go around the police vehicle, Bailey rammed it and continued on.
As he fled on the interstate, the crossover SUV reportedly made contact with the concrete median. Bailey gave up after two tires on the vehicle, one on each side, blew out. Inside the Buick were two semi-automatic pistols, one on the front passenger seat, the other on the front passenger floorboard.
Bailey claimed officers would also find a variety of drugs in the vehicle as well. The Buick has been impounded and will be searched.
Bailey is being charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and felony reckless endangerment. Additional charges are likely.
Officer McCollum, a 10-year MNPD veteran, is on routine administrative assignment while the shooting aspect of this case is under investigation.