Twenty-one-year-old Kevin Beasley, while allegedly fleeing from police on a stolen ATV, apparently tried to kill another man by running over him, backing up and running over him again, police said.
Beasley first drew the attention of police at 11:15 Monday morning when, according to police, he ran a red light at James Robertson Parkway and Interstate Drive while driving a stolen John Deere Gator ATV in front of off-duty East Precinct Officer Tim Brewer, who called for on-duty backup.
Trying to evade police, Beasley eventually turned onto South Seventh Street and into East Park where Brewer reported watching Beasley drive over a man who was sitting in the grass before Beasley stopped, backed up and ran over him again.
While the ATV was still rolling, Beasley, also believed to be homeless, jumped off when police approached him with guns drawn. Police then arrested him and charged him with attempted criminal homicide, theft of the ATV and driving without a license.
Police identified the victim as 43-year-old Arvid Todd, who police believe is homeless.
Todd was critically injured and transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Police said Beasley said he was trying to kill Todd even though he didn’t know who the man was.
The ATV had been reported stolen earlier Monday from a construction site on 12th Avenue South.
Beasley is being held in lieu of $270,000 bond. Detectives are withholding his photograph while they work to determine his possible involvement in other crimes.