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According to WKRN-TV, Michael Terry, a 26-year veteran of the Nashville Fire Department was acting captain when his company responded to a crash involving Terry’s nephew in the early hours of February 18. There’s an investigation underway into Terry’s actions that morning that focuses on why the nephew vanished from the scene by the time police arrived. An internal disciplinary report obtained by WKRN-TV indicates, “Terry put his nephew in the fire truck and covered him with gear to hide him.”
On February 18, a white SUV crashed into a ditch on Highway 100 in Davidson County.
911 calls began pouring in for help. Nashville Fire Department’s Engine 37 and Truck 37 arrive first on scene.
According to an eye witness, the firefighters got the driver out of the vehicle.
A witness told police the man in the car looked “intoxicated”
The witness also told police later that fire crews on scene told him he could leave the scene.
According to a crash report, the incident happened around 3 a.m. on February 18 on Old Harding Pike.
A witness had reported seeing a young man, around 25 years old, unresponsive in the driver’s seat.
However, when police officers arrived at the scene, no patient was found. The driver was later identified as Ben Coode.
Reports from Metro police stated Terry allegedly hid his nephew away under a turnout coat in a fire truck from the scene of the crash before police officers got there.