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Man charged with kidnapping Nashville prostitute, taking police on chase

A 57-year-old man is charged with kidnapping a prostitute and taking police on a chase while allegedly making threats to kill the woman. PHOTO: Thomas Sales-Metro Nashville Police

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A 57-year-old man is charged with kidnapping a prostitute and taking police on a chase while allegedly making threats to kill the woman.

According to the arrest affidavit for Thomas Sales, it all started early Sunday morning after the woman called 911 and told dispatchers she was trapped in a blue SUV with Michigan plates and Sales was stating he was going to kill her. The woman told dispatchers she was a prostitute and had just met Sales at the Lee Hotel.

After entering the vehicle, the woman says they agreed to go to an ATM because Sales needed cash after being released from the hospital. The woman says Sales instead started driving around town and refused to let her out, stating "the voices were telling him to kill the first white woman he saw."

The woman was able to keep officers notified of their location, leading officers to Brentwood where the SUV was spotted. As police activated their lights, the woman says she was able to hit the gear shift of the SUV and place it in neutral. She then was able to jump out of the SUV and ran to police.

Sales continued to flee police, jumping back on I-65 NB and exiting on Old Hickory Boulevard. Police say the chase lasted for several blocks until officers were able to utilize spike strips and disable the SUV.

Sales has been charged with evading arrest, patronizing prostitution, and aggravated kidnapping.

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