Video goes viral after MPD arrests suspects on highway

Published: Jan. 9, 2022 at 2:44 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - We continue to look into an arrest Memphis police officers were involved in Friday.

This case has gained attention on social media after cellphone footage was shared by someone who witnessed the incident.

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Friday, Memphis Police say they responded to an alert of a stolen 2010 Honda Civic.

Police say the driver did not initially stop, leading to a short pursuit. While trying to get away, police say they witnessed a passenger fall “from the moving vehicle after a reckless turn.”

The affidavit states an officer saw a gun thrown from the suspect’s vehicle which hit a patrol car.

Police say the driver, who has been identified as 26-year-old Tobias Trent, ran into two squad cars at different times during the pursuit, only coming to a stop when he couldn’t get around traffic.

Cell phone video taken by a viewer captures that moment on Lamar Avenue near Tuggle Road.

Police say once the car came to a stop, officers gave verbal commands to Trent and a passenger, 26-year-old Eric Harris.

Officers broke the car’s windows to get in and say Trent and Harris both resisted arrest.

According to the affidavit, Trent told police he fled because he had a warrant and was trying to make it to Mississippi.

Trent is charged with theft, being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, and resisting arrest among other charges. He’s due in court Tuesday.

Harris is charged with resisting arrest and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun. The affidavit states Harris was convicted for drug possession in Texas back in 2016. He’s due in court Wednesday.

The person who was thrown from the Honda during the chase is also in police custody.

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