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Girlfriend calls police to turn in boyfriend for reward money while together in stolen car

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - The girlfriend of a man accused of stealing a rental car from the Nashville Airport called police to turn him in for reward money while allegedly riding in the stolen car.

According to the Metro Nashville Police affidavit, the theft originally took place in July when Chance Mongeon jumped the counter of a rental car facility at the airport, grabbed keys, and fled in a 2017 Dodge Challenger.

Police say in the process, Mongeon drove down a one-way road over two spike strips while fleeing. Police were able to spot the stolen car on I-24 but Mongeon did not stop for police.

At that time, dispatchers received a call from Mongeon's alleged girlfriend, identified as Cristy Cardwell. According to the affidavit, Cardwell told police she knew Mongeon had stolen the car but would not reveal his intentions until she received reward money, saying "she knew the law very well and didn't have to give him up."

Police say Cardwell told them she was actually in the stolen car and would give the exact location only when she had reward money.

Police caught up with the 38-year-old Cardwell and she was booked into the Davidson County Jail on Tuesday for accessory after the fact. According to the affidavit, Cardwell attempted to harbor and abet a fugitive, intended to hinder his arrest, and refused to provide aid to assist in Mongeon's arrest.

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