Nashville man accused of selling fake parking tickets, dry wall as cocaine

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A man previously accused of selling fake parking tickets in downtown Nashville has been arrested again on the same allegations.

Melvin Jarrett, Jr., 41, was booked Monday night into the Metro jail on charges including criminal simulation and evading arrest.

Metro police were patrolling the area of Fourth Avenue South near the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Monday when they said they witnessed Jarrett accept money from a woman in a vehicle and hand her what turned out to be a fake parking pass.

Officers caught up with Jarrett under the pedestrian bridge on Second Avenue South and said he ran but was later located in a parking garage on Third Avenue South.

When the suspect reportedly refused to stop, an officer deployed a taser and was able to take Jarrett into custody.

During a search, officers said they located more fake parking tickets and a chunk of drywall that Jarrett admitted he was selling as cocaine.

Jarrett was also charged for drugs after police said they found a glass crack pipe in his possession.

The 41-year-old suspect was previously arrested in 2015 for a similar crime. 

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