Impaired I-65 hit-and-run driver facing multiple charges

An impaired driver who fled from a dinnertime crash on Tuesday is facing several charges, including DUI, Violation of the Implied Consent Law, Drug Possession, Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance, Leaving the Scene of a Crash, and Failure to Report a Crash.

Donald A. Brewster, Jr. 
Age: 40
Columbia, Tennessee

Shortly before 6:30 p.m., Officers were summoned to a hit & run crash on I-65 in Cool Springs. Officers located the fleeing driver, 40-year-old Donald Brewster, of Columbia, driving into a nearby parking lot after he exited the Interstate. His vehicle had heavy damage, including two flat tires. Officers determined that Brewster was impaired and arrested him. The driver of the car he slammed into from behind was shaken, but not noticeably injured.

Due in court on June 22, Donald Brewster is free on the $5,500 bond set by the Magistrate.

Drive drunk, get nailed.

No one injured after drunk driver’s car slides into ditch, bursts into flames

At 1:00 Wednesday morning, officers were dispatched to Harpeth Dr., near W. Main Street, in Franklin. A passerby called to report a driver in the ditch who may need assistance.

Landon Wilkinson
Age: 22
Franklin, Tennessee

Arriving officers found the vehicle on fire. The driver was located on foot in the area after the vehicle became fully engulfed in flames. Officers determined that the driver, 22-year-old Landon Wilkinson, of Franklin, was impaired and arrested him. Wilkinson was carrying a handgun in his pocket at the time of his arrest.

Charged with DUI, Driving on a Suspended License, Possession of a Firearm While Intoxicated, Failure to Exercise Due Care, and Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Wilkinson remains jailed on a $12,000 bond. He is due in court on May 25.

Booze It and Lose It


Parking lot robbery suspect captured moments later by Franklin Police Officer

A robbery suspect was spotted and arrested only moments after assaulting and robbing a shopper outside of her car in the Walmart parking lot, Thursday night. Shortly after 6 p.m., the suspect pulled up behind the victim, who was in the process of unlocking her door and getting into her car. The suspect grabbed the woman’s purse. When the victim tried hanging onto it, the suspect repeatedly punched her in the face and head before finally getting away with the purse.

After a description of the suspect and getaway car was broadcasted over a police radio, a nearby Franklin Police Officer pulled over and arrested 25-year-old Kerrigan Larkins on Mallory Lane. The victim’s belongings were found in Larkins’s vehicle, along with an acquaintance’s three young children, ages 3, 3, and 1, who were all unrestrained and apparently in the vehicle during the robbery and assault.

Larkins, a convicted felon, was charged with Aggravated Robbery, Felony Theft, x3 counts of Reckless Endangerment, Violation of the Child Restraint Law, and Violation of the Registration Law. She remains jailed on the $150,000 bond set by the Magistrate. The children in Larkins’s vehicle were later released to their mother.


Franklin carjacker captured in Spring Hill

At 7:30 p.m., Franklin Police responded to a carjacking in the parking lot of Bed, Bath, and Beyond. A black male suspect approached the victim who was sitting in her car and forced her out. Once the victim was outside, the suspect assaulted her and then drug her from the moving car he was stealing.

Officers broadcasted a description of the stolen car and suspect to surrounding agencies. A short time later, Spring Hill Police spotted the suspect vehicle. The suspect led them on a pursuit before he crashed and was ultimately taken into custody. The suspect, 36-year-old Clay Andrews, of Only, TN is facing several serious charges in both Spring Hill and Franklin.

The carjacking victim’s injuries were not life-threatening.


Jeffrey White held after attempting to evade police in multiple jurisdictions


Jeffrey White, the suspect who attempted to evade officers yesterday afternoon, remains jailed this morning.

The 19-year-old originally fled from Metro Police before also attempting to evade Franklin Officers who tried pulling him over near downtown. It came to an end on Acton Street near Natchez Street after White crashed into four cars, including two Franklin Police cars and a fence before being boxed in and taken into custody by FPD Officers. Police helicopters aided in White’s tracking and capture. No one was injured during his brazen attempted getaway.

Charged with Aggravated Assault, Felony Evading, Reckless Endangerment, x2 counts of Leaving the Scene of a Crash, x2 counts of Failure to Report a Crash, and Driving Without a License, White is being held on an $84,500 bond.


Felony Evading suspect in custody thanks to citizen tips

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UPDATE: Last week, Franklin Police asked for the public’s help to identify two Felony Evading suspects who eluded police in a white Toyota Tacoma on November 18, in Cool Springs.

Tips poured in and 23-year-old Jordan Gerber, of Shelbyville, is now behind bars in Bedford County, awaiting forthcoming charges in Franklin. The male in the photo has also been identified. Franklin Police want to thank the many engaged citizens who called in to share information on this case.




Alert citizens help get two DUI drivers off Franklin Streets, Monday

Citizens are credited with helping to get two impaired drivers off of Franklin streets, Monday night. At 9:35 pm, a citizen reported an erratic driver on Columbia Avenue near Downs Blvd. An officer spotted the vehicle near Battle Avenue and noticed that the vehicle’s airbags had been blown and that there was severe damage to the car. It is unclear what the vehicle struck. Officers stopped the vehicle and determined that the driver, 24-year-old Angel Santiago, of Franklin, was impaired and arrested him. Charged with DUI, Driving Without a License, Violation of the Implied Consent Law, and Failure to Maintain a Lane, Santiago is free on the $2,500 bond set by the Magistrate.

A little more than an hour later, officers responded to a crash at E. McEwen and Oxford Glen Dr., after a citizen discovered a truck that had left the roadway and crashed into an embankment. Officers determined that the driver, 52-year-old Rhonda Baskin, of Franklin, was impaired and arrested her. Charged with DUI, Resisting Arrest, Violation of the Implied Consent Law, Failure to Maintain a Lane, Failure to Report a Crash, and Driving Without Due Care, Baskin is free on the $5,000 bond set by the Magistrate.

Both Santiago and Baskin are due in court on January 19, 2021.


Update: Shoplifting suspect Brandon Vaughn identified, arrested

Brandon L. Vaughn | Hermitage, TN

With the help of citizen tips, Brandon Vaughn, of Hermitage, was identified and recently arrested for stealing three PS4 games from the Cool Springs Target in 2019.

Vaughn, charged with Theft, is free on the $1,500 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court on January 19.

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Suspect arrested for Financial exploitation of an elderly person and theft of at least $10,000 but less than $60,000

Michael David Verble

DOB: 12/19/1955

Nashville, Tennessee

Michael David Verble was arrested in Hot Springs, Arkansas and is now awaiting extradition back to Williamson County Tennessee following Grand Jury indictment charges out of Williamson County from June 11th for two counts of Financial exploitation of an elderly person and theft of at least $10,000 but less than $60,000.  Mr. Verble committed these frauds while operating under the business Verble Estate Preservation and Advisors. Franklin Police Detectives began investigating this case in November 2019 after receiving a referral from Adult Protective Services.

Aggravated Robbery Suspects Arrested

Kendrell Demontra Ellison
Age: 18
Lavergne, Tennessee

Zachary Obrian Smith
Age: 18
Nashville, Tennessee

Daniel Tyrell Miller
Age: 18
Franklin, Tennessee

On Monday night at approximately 7:00 pm, a Franklin Police Officer, in plain clothes, was conducting a police investigation in an attempt to get a stolen semi-automatic pistol off the streets.  He contacted the individual who had the stolen gun and wanted to sell it.   During the interaction, two suspects pointed guns at the Police Officer, grabbed the money for the transaction, and fled the scene. The suspects were apprehended last night and charged with aggravated robbery.  Zachary Smith and Kendrell Ellison were given a $350,000 bond. Daniel Miller was given a $500,000 bond. Suspects are due in court December 8th.