Metro cop dragged during East Nashville traffic stop

Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 4:36am
Staff reports

Update: Adds information on officer's condition and suspect's vehicle description.

A Metro Police officer is recovering this morning after he was dragged by a vehicle as he attempted to make an arrest during a routine traffic stop Wednesday night.

The incident happened when Field Training Officer Carlos Anderson and his partner stopped a vehicle at 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of Arrington and Meridian streets in East Nashville.

It turned out that the driver, Jeffrey Lee Story, 33, had pending arrest warrants on charges including domestic violence. When Anderson attempted to arrest Story, the driver took off dragging the officer about 30 yards, police said.

Anderson, who suffered road burns to his hands and knees, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-lifethreatening injuries. He was released Thursday morning.

Police are still looking for the suspect who fled the scene. He abandoned his truck and is now believed to be driving a blue 2001 Ford Mustang bearing Tennessee tag 691-WYP.

19 Comments on this post:

By: frank brown on 11/19/09 at 6:44

The officer must have had his foot or hand in the door. The perp probably slammed the door on his foot or hand. Otherwise you very seldom see a policeman dragged down the street when he is standing outside the driver's window.

By: NewYorker1 on 11/19/09 at 7:26

This cop was in drag. LOL.... Damn I'm hilarious.

By: border collie on 11/19/09 at 7:53

We (law abiding citizens) happen to like and respect most of our police officers so let's don't make fun of them being injured. wish someone had been able to fire a shot at the punk. they deserve more money for the crap they have to put up with.

By: ccsd935 on 11/19/09 at 10:01

I'm an officer in a neighboring county and was on duty this morning when this happened. My heart stopped when the BOLO came out over the radio through our dispatch. As an officer, and as a daughter of an officer, you never ever want to hear those calls. They're never funny. You hope they come out of Vanderbilt, treated only for minor scratches & bruises, rather than in a wheelchair or a coffin. So, thank you, border collie. Your words are very appreciated after a long shift of public service that largely does go unappreciated. You have yourself a wonderful day.

By: gen0207 on 11/19/09 at 11:14

I work with police officers and have seen them run towards shots being fired without concern for their safety to assist civilians and each other. Which way would you run, NewYorker1? Your joke wasn't funny.

By: NewYorker1 on 11/19/09 at 11:28

Sorry, but I hate cops. Can't help but feel that way. They are suppose to serve and protect, but my experience with them has been profiled and harassment. So, when I hear these stories, it doesn't affect me AT ALL.

By: nashtnman on 11/19/09 at 1:02

Well, NewYorker1, maybe your dumb ass should try abiding by the law and you won't have a bad expereince with the police. Sounds like a no brainer to me!

By: NewYorker1 on 11/19/09 at 1:45

First of all nashtnman, have your ever heard of racial profiling? I hate to disappoint you, but it does exist. Secondly, I abide by the law, I also own a home in Green Hills and drive very nice vehicles. I also have two college degrees and own my own business in the music industry, which is why I moved to Nashville. My father is a doctor in New York and I come from a background of being well traveled, educated, and cultured. HOWEVER, the problem comes when I'm driving my sports car or standing outside my house, because as a black man I'm either selling drugs or about to break in respectively. So, yes I do hate cops. That's my opinion and I'm entitled to it.

By: HighlyAnnoyed on 11/19/09 at 2:08

What nashtnman meant to say is "Us boring, non-threatening, white people don't seem to have a problem with the cops, so you must be a criminal and deserve it.". There are idiots everywhere.

By: border collie on 11/19/09 at 2:21

if you have a chip on your shoulder....someone is bound to try and knock it off for you. police are subjected to OVERT ridicule and harrassment. people trying to spit on them, bite them, throw nasty things on them, curse them, threaten them and try to KILL them. they never know when they walk up to a car if you are the next idiot who is going to try and do them harm...naturally they have a sixth sense and suspicion of everyone. RACIAL PROFILING IS BS.....kept alive by those who constantly want to be seen as a victim. i know many police officers and not one has ever told me he pulled someone over for being black. MAN UP and be proud of who you are...why do some people always want to be the victim?
Cops don't do roll call every morning and set out to harrass black people.....ignorant.
and when you get carjacked in your sports car then DON'T dial 911. they will not believe you anyway. right?

By: NewYorker1 on 11/19/09 at 2:35

Trust me, I'm the last person to use my race as an excuse. At any rate, It doesn't really matter anyway, I'm actually in the planning stages of moving to Paris. I'm much happier when I'm there than I am here in the United States.

By: HighlyAnnoyed on 11/19/09 at 2:37

border collie - you are a complete moron. Racial profiling in addition to other types of profiling does exist. Only a moron would think cops would admit to it. Man, some people are just soooo retarded.

By: NewYorker1 on 11/19/09 at 2:48

If it's any consolation, I have a cops in my family and I hate them too. Except when they got me out of a ticket for making a U turn, then they were cool. After the ticket was thrown out, I went back to hating him.

By: border collie on 11/19/09 at 2:55

when you get stopped by the police......SHUT your mouth, answer questions simply, honestly and with respect and without arguing and you will be treated the same in return very frequently in return.
act hostile, offended, gruff, accusatory and argue with the policeman and he will not take to may even make him feel threatened...therefore just don't go there.
SHUT your mouth, keep your hands where they can see them and do as you are told and YOU WILL BE FINE!!!!
I have been around policemen too much......keep screaming victim and file lawsuits instead of admitting that maybe you are adding to the problem by being disrespectful.
Cops ultimately do try to protect us and it is a calling.......they do not sit around at the police academy and go through hell on the streets so they can harrass those who are different from them. that is the last thing on their minds.....they are trying to stay alive and get back home.

By: border collie on 11/19/09 at 3:04

when you get stopped the policeman is in charge.....period...bottom line....shut up and act civil and he will do the policeman ever was accused of brutality on someone who was unable to speak or hear ? right? right. because usually someone is instantly offended for being made to pull over and explain themselves for whatever they were doing or not doing. and then the gums start flapping because that person is being victimized and here we go............

By: border collie on 11/19/09 at 3:08

a motorcycle cop got me a few weeks ago.....jumped out of the bushes with that gun pointed at me and i was offended! BUT i laughed and told him he should be ashamed for hiding in the bushes and jumping out and he laughed too and still pulled me over.....wrote the ticket it depends on YOUR attitude first

By: NewYorker1 on 11/19/09 at 4:03

Cop are arrogant and cocky. Their attitudes make me sick. I'm sorry, but I just don't like them AT ALL. There's just something about them that just makes me want to throw up and I'm also including the cops that are in my family. The majority of them are cops because they are not educated enough to get a better paying job. Then they make about 50K per year and then think they walk on water. I'm like shit, I was making six figures when I was 30 years old and I don't act as cocky as they do.

By: frank brown on 11/19/09 at 5:23


I have never been arrested but I grew up in a neighborhood that produced a lot of cops. Only one of the eleven that became cops was worth the powder to blow him off the face of the earth when they were children and teenagers.

I have never ever forgotten that.

By: oman840 on 11/19/09 at 5:33

nashtnman - you obviously do not know your history. If everyone followed the "law" women would not be able to vote, or be professionals such as a lawyer. Also blacks would still be in seperate schools having to drink from separate water fountains you idiot. People hate cops because they only care about $$$ not helping anyone or providing a community service. And why do they only care about money and no longer care about the people they are supposed to be SERVING? Well that is a discussion that is probably over your head and for another time.
Legalize cannibas!
I hate cops, but I wish I loved them. It isn't right when the majority of people hate cops, and I feel confident when I say the MAJORITY.
Though I have to say, I have met some good cops in TN, but none anywhere else...