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State Trooper Apprehends 13-yr-old TX Runaway Driving Through Nashville

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Safety; Sept. 7, 2012: 

NASHVILLE — Tennessee State Trooper Dwayne Stanford apprehended a runaway juvenile from Texas on Thursday night in Nashville.

Trooper Stanford, a member of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s West Bureau Interdiction Plus Team, was on assignment in Nashville when a “be on the lookout” (BOLO) was issued for a female runaway out of Houston. The notification indicated that she was last seen in Hope, Arkansas at approximately 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon and was headed to Hodgenville, Ky.

After calculating the travel time, Trooper Stanford estimated the vehicle would be traveling through Nashville between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. last night. He pulled into the median to conduct stationary observation for an hour and observed the suspected vehicle, a 2011 Nissan Versa, on Interstate 40 eastbound at approximately 10:24 p.m.

Trooper Stanford pulled in behind the vehicle and activated his emergency equipment after the driver exited off the interstate at the 196 and nearly struck the guardrail going around the curve. The 13-year old female driver was wearing a Texas Longhorn hat and matched the description provided on the BOLO.

She was taken into custody and transported to the Metro Juvenile Detention Center.

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