Man arrested for drag racing after repeatedly running from officers, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police arrested a man Thursday who they said has run from officers on at least three occasions.

Tyrone Lott was arrested and charged with Convicted Felon in Possession of a Handgun, Theft of Property $10000 or less, Drag Racing, Driving While License Suspended/Canceled/Revoked, Intentionally Evade Arrest in Auto (3x), and Reckless Driving.

Thursday evening officers observed a black 2014 Infiniti Q50 with an Arkansas license plate traveling westbound on Mt. Moriah Road. MPD said officers were familiar with the vehicle from “previous interactions and attempted traffic stops.”

Officers also saw the black Infiniti drive into oncoming traffic at the intersection of Lamar Avenue and Knight Arnold Road. They said the driver then accelerated to over 100mph.

A traffic stop was initiated in the 5500 block of Fair Cove. Police said the driver got out of the car and attempted to hide from officers.

The driver was detained and identified as 25-year-old Tyrone Lott, “a driver who has fled from officers on multiple occasions.”

MPD listed three incidents where they had initiated a traffic stop on the black Infiniti and said officers observed a Black male matching the description of Tyrone Lott driving the vehicle at each attempted traffic stop.

  • July 13, 2021, at 2:33 p.m. at Mt. Moriah Rd and I-240. The vehicle refused to stop and fled.
  • July 19, 2021, at 2:04 p.m., at Kirby Parkway and Messick Road. The vehicle refused to stop and fled.
  • July 19, 2021, at 2:44 p.m., at S. White Station Road and Quince Road. The vehicle refused to stop and fled. Officers said the car began to engage in a drag race against another vehicle as they both traveled eastbound on Quince Road exceeding approximately 90 mph in a 40 mph zone.