TN prosecution suspect charged with attempted murder of officer


CHEATHAM CO., Tenn. (WKRN) – A Cheatham County man who led dozens of police officers in a high-speed chase on Wednesday is now also charged with attempted second degree murder against one of those officers.

The case against Robert Allen began around 11 a.m. Wednesday morning when Cheatham agents responded to a welfare check involving the 23-year-old who also has active arrest warrants.

When Paul Ivey, the First Deputy arrived, he found Allen asleep in his car. Ivey notices the man has a gun in his lap.

After a few moments, the suspect woke up and Deputy Ivey ordered him to surrender. “Take your hands off the keys!” “

Instead, the 23-year-old hit him, coming close to hitting a second assistant backing Ivey.

After a brief high-speed chase, where speeds reached nearly 100 mph on country roads, MPs called off the chase.

Hours later, at around 3 p.m., Metro Nashville Police informed Cheatham MPs that they were pursuing Robert Allen.

Around this time, agents from Pleasant View, Cheatham, Coopertown, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were closing in on Allen, all guided by helicopters flown by Metro and the THP.

While on Ross Road in Robertson County, Deputy Eric Dube of the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department attempted to lay spikes. Bodycam shows Allen driving quickly towards the deputy, swerving out of the way.

Investigator Ken Miller said the high-speed car missed the retired deputy by a few yards. “It’s extremely dangerous. Look at the speeds. Sometimes it goes over 100 mph. He tried to run over two agents. He says it wasn’t intentional, but on one of them it absolutely looks like he’s looking for the officer.

After avoiding the spiked bands, the dashcam shows several agencies chasing Allen from below and above. It runs, at times, over 110 mph. The video shows him slipping recklessly over the shoulder, endangering countless motorists.

At exit 24 of I-24, Allen got off. His front tire shredded and he suddenly slipped through a 6-foot-high chain link fence.

He refloated his Chevrolet as it caught fire, ultimately setting a field on fire behind a car dealership.

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Officers, some wearing SWAT clothing, set up a perimeter. Within an hour, the wanted man was apprehended.

On his way to prison, the 23-year-old could be heard questioning the officer about his multiple charges.

Allen: How many counties do you know?
Officer: Three
Allen: I have charges in three counties?
Officer: You have loads in the Metro, the State, and us [Cheatham].
Allen: What is the condition? Will you let me know?
Officer: We will let you know.

Allen is currently in Cheatham County Jail, charged with several felonies including driving with a suspended license, reckless endangerment, escape arrest and attempted second degree murder for nearly hitting the assistant with a spiked tape.

Allen declined to be interviewed for this story.

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