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Nashville teen fleeing police hides in Homeland Security building

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) – A Nashville teen fleeing police on foot chose a bad spot to hide: a Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security training center.

According to police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), 19-year-old Michael D. Hughes was fleeing police after they initiated a traffic stop on Stewarts Ferry Pike near McCrory Creek.

As soon as the car stopped, Hughes allegedly got out of the front passenger seat and took off on foot. Police write that during the foot chase, Hughes “ran out of his blue jeans” and was clutching something in his waistband.

Police continued the search for Hughes and at this time, THP Trooper John Welker was exiting the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security training center when he “heard a rustle of leaves and branches on the other side of his patrol car.” There he found Hughes wearing a white T-shirt and gym shorts. Hughes also had on a black ankle monitor.

Hughes told the trooper he was just trying to get to the YMCA, but troopers noticed the Metro Nashville Police helicopter in the air and could hear police sirens nearby. Troopers took Hughes into custody and it was found he had fled the traffic stop on Stewarts Ferry Pike.

Metro Nashville Police say in the car they found a loaded handgun under the seat and a small amount of marijuana.

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