THP Officers on Patrol Locate Georgia Fugitive Near Lower Broadway

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee Highway Patrol officers, working their side job for a private security company, are credited with reuniting a Canadian teenager with her family and arresting a fugitive of justice in Georgia.

On Tuesday morning, officers working for Solaren Risk Management patrolled a section of the Gay Street Connector a few blocks from Lower Broadway. That’s when they found 19-year-old Caleb Bates asleep on the sidewalk.

Officers conduct a welfare check and soon determine that the 19-year-old from Roseville, Georgia, was wanted on charges of grand theft auto.

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Among his belongings, the agents found a backpack and a flintlock pistol.

“After speaking with him, it was evident that he obviously confessed to having out-of-state warrants,” said Jack Byrd, CEO of Solaren Risk Management.

While patrolling, officers also discovered a 17-year-old Canadian girl with Bates. After careful investigation by multiple agencies, it was determined that the girl was not in danger or reported missing.

Although she was 17, under Canadian law, authorities said the girl was considered an adult in Canada.

According to investigators, her father in Canada was contacted to inform him of her whereabouts and the teenager and her family are being reunited.

“It’s a huge relief to have them here and to have them as part of this proactive commitment in our community that is huge,” Byrd said.

According to Byrd, of the 185 officers who work for him, approximately 32 are members of the THP. He said officers patrol the downtown shopping and entertainment district in cars and often on foot, becoming familiar with people who live and work in the area.

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Byrd said patrols on Gay Street may not occur during the regular shift of a police officer working for the state. β€œOne of the things he would point out is that these soldiers are here working off-duty. β€œThis is a task they choose to do to be active in the downtown community and is just one of many ways they highlight the importance of making these types of interactions paramount.”

The suspect is currently in the Davidson County Jail in the custody of Georgia authorities. At last check, Bates’ bail was set at $250,000.