Convicted felon found with gun after ramming patrol car to elude authorities
By Jennifer Cruz
Joe Louis Williams, Jr. tried – unsuccessfully – to avoid arrest by slamming into a patrol car and driving away during a traffic stop last month. (Photo: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department)
A man who attempted to elude authorities in Nashville, Tennessee, last month by ramming into a patrol car during a traffic stop now faces gun charges.
An indictment filed May 18 charged Joe Lewis Williams, Jr. with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, namely a Sarsilmaz 9mm semi-automatic pistol. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
According to a criminal complaint, on April 12, an officer with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department was driving out of the parking lot of an apartment complex as Williams was turning into the parking lot. The officer noticed the vehicle matched the description of a vehicle involved in an earlier hit-and-run. The officer also recognized the driver as Williams, who he knew had an outstanding warrant for a probation violation.
The officer initiated the stop, and while Williams stopped his car, he kept his foot on the brake and repeatedly refused to place the vehicle in park. In an attempt to elude authorities, Williams then