Tennessee man accused of ramming police vehicles after smoking crack in front of officers

Tennessee man accused of ramming police vehicles after smoking crack in front of officers
Richard Braden is accused of smoking crack in front of Nashville police officers, in addition to hitting a police vehicle and nearly running over two officers. (Diego Parra/Pixabay)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee man is accused of trying to run over police officers after smoking crack cocaine in front of them, authorities said.

According to an arrest report in Davidson County, Richard Steven Braden, 31, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of tampering with evidence, one count of vandalism over $1,000, two counts of evading arrest, and one count of leaving the scene of an accident.

His bail has been set at $119,500, according to online jail records.

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Officers spotted Braden driving erratically in Nashville around 4 p.m. Friday, WZTV reported. Police pursued Braden after discovering he had outstanding warrants in Sumner County, the television station reported.

After Nashville police blocked Braden into a parking spot and approached his vehicle, according to WZTV. According to police, Braden was holding what was identified as a glass pipe with two white rocks, which were determined to be crack cocaine.

Braden allegedly began to smoke the pipe, telling police, “If I smoke all of this, you can’t charge me with this.”

When police attempted to arrest Braden, the man allegedly rammed the vehicle blocking him and almost hit the two officers, according to WZTV.

Braden then fled the scene but was eventually taken into custody in Cornersville, located about 55 miles south of Nashville.

Braden is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, according to online records.