Stolen vehicle rams cop car, men arrested with stolen police gun, MPD says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three men wound up in jail after ramming into an unmarked police car Wednesday evening, according to the Memphis Police Department.

MPD said that officers, along with Bartlett Police, were notified about a stolen car near I-40 and Sycamore View around 5:30 p.m.

When police found the vehicle, they tried a containment maneuver, according to MPD.

That’s when the driver of the stolen car, Eric Mathis, rammed into an unmarked Bartlett Police car, dragging the unmarked car until police finally stopped the stolen vehicle on the on-ramp to I-40 East, according to a police affidavit.

Along with Mathis, police arrested Kristopher Jones and Deario Watson.

When police searched the car, they said they found a Glock 22. After searching the gun’s serial number, police determined the gun had been stolen out of the Memphis Police Department Austin Peay Precinct. Another handgun was also found but did not match any stolen guns in a search.

Jones and Watson were charged with theft of property $10,000 - $60,000, theft of property $1,000 or less and unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon. Mathis was charged with theft of property $10,000 - $60,000.