Teen driver pleads guilty in crash that killed Nashville officer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A teenage driver has pleaded guilty to charges in a crash that killed a Tennessee police officer. News outlets report Jayona Brown entered the plea Thursday to vehicular homicide, felony aggravated assault, evading arrest and driving without a license.

Police say Brown sped through a blinking red light while fleeing an attempted traffic stop in July 2019 and crashed into Metro Nashville Police Officer John Anderson’s cruiser at an intersection. Anderson’s cruiser went into a utility pole and caught fire.

Anderson died at the scene.

Police say he was traveling 71 mph with his blue lights flashing in response to an unrelated call.

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