Ryan Smith charged for ignoring police and evading arrest after obstructing lane of traffic

Ryan Smith charged for ignoring police and evading arrest after obstructing lane of traffic

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45-year-old Ryan L Smith was parked in the middle of Rep. John Lewis Way N for a couple of minutes on November 2nd as officers approached and asked if he needed assistance. Smith advised officers he had stopped so he could program his GPS and began to berate them when they told him he could not park in the middle of a lane of travel. He told officers that they did not know how to do their jobs, that there were “better” things that they could be doing, and that they needed to “cut people a break”. Officers told Smith that they were attempting to “cut him a break” by telling him to move along but he continued to scold them, so they initiated a traffic stop for obstructing a lane of travel. Smith drove off but officers were able to keep up on foot as he approached a red light and when they told him to stop again, he looked at them and said, “No.” before driving off again. Officers caught up to Smith and were able to place him in custody for failure to comply with an order and evading arrest.

Ryan Smith (MNPD)
Ryan Smith (MNPD)

Ryan Smith of Hickory Trace in Nashville, TN, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on November 2nd, charged with refusal order and evading arrest. A judicial commissioner set his bond at $2,100, and the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office gave him pre-trial release from their facility.

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