Drug dealer crashes after high-speed pursuit

Monday, August 3, 2009 at 6:21pm
Staff reports
James Edward Jones

Convicted cocaine dealer and car thief James Edward Jones is behind bars after leading Metro Police on a high-speed chase in a stolen Chevrolet Malibu on Monday morning.

Police officers spotted the Malibu that was allegedly stolen from Lewis Street on Sunday, on Nolensville Pike near the Nashville Zoo. When officers attempted to stop the stolen vehicle, the driver fled.

Police pursued the vehicle through south Nashville and onto Murfreesboro Pike. He finally crashed into a van parked at the intersection of Lafayette and Claiborne streets as he attempted to turn into the J.C. Napier public housing development.

The suspect fled on foot, police said. He was picked up moments later sitting on the front porch of one of the apartments. A 9-mm semi-automatic pistol was recovered from the Malibu.

Jones, 35, who has been charged with 138 offenses by Metro police since 1991, has been convicted of a number of felonies in the past, including selling cocaine, aggravated assault, reckless aggravated assault and auto theft.

He was on probation at the time of Monday’s arrest. He is now jailed in lieu of $44,000 bond on charges of unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon, auto theft, evading arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal impersonation, driving on a suspended license, and false imprisonment.

A woman in the car with Jones, Chency Birnbaum, 26, said that she yelled for him to stop and let her out during the pursuit, but that Jones refused. Birnbaum was issued a state misdemeanor citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

“Jones is back in custody because Officer Stephens alertly noticed that the small window on the rear passenger door of the Malibu was broken and ran the tag to see if the car was stolen,” Chief Ronal Serpas said. “Officers Stephens and Mayo did an excellent job in ensuring that Jones and the gun wound up in police custody.”


8 Comments on this post:

By: P51Jock on 8/3/09 at 5:08

138 offenses since 1991? Can't we just give him one more chance?

By: Nash19 on 8/4/09 at 6:11

I agree P51! It is clear this is a misguided youth who needs to be hugged.
And let me guess.....the owner of the van he Mr. Jones crashed into now has to pay a deductible to get his van repaired becasue James Edward Jones has no auto insurance. His money was well spent on a gun and cocaine. We need universal auto insurance!

By: reidwriter on 8/4/09 at 6:39

Maybe Obama should invite him over for a beer.

By: Time for Truth on 8/4/09 at 6:44

What ever happened to "Three strikes, you're out"? It's supposed to be "three strikes, you stay in"!

By: global_citizen on 8/4/09 at 9:30

I think we can safely call this guy a career criminal. There is no reason a guy like this shouldn't be spending the rest of his life in prison.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/4/09 at 11:33

here's detail of his record:


By: pandabear on 8/4/09 at 12:35

Don't they usually crash after being up for a couple days anyhow ?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/4/09 at 1:10

lol, panda! when you look at his record, look how many items were Dismissed.