Hawkins man accused of grabbing arresting officer's gun charged with felony assault

Jeff Bobo • Jan 1, 2018 at 3:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man accused of grabbing a deputy's pistol last week while being arrested on a multiple count misdemeanor warrant now also faces an additional count of felony aggravated assault.

On Wednesday night, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Godsey went to 1705 Burem Road near Rogersville to serve an outstanding arrest warrant on Jason Arthur Lane for DUI second offense, failure to maintain due care, seat belt violation and driving on a revoked license.

Lane, 37, reportedly told Godsey he had the wrong person and he wasn't going to jail.

Godsey then handcuffed Lane, after which Lane allegedly began walking away from Godsey toward a back bedroom.

"I attempted to stop Jason, at which time Jason pushed back at me with his shoulder, striking me in the chest," Godsey stated in his report. "Jason began actively resisting, trying to fight back as we went to the ground."

Godsey said he and Lane struggled for several minutes, during which time Lane refused to comply with commands to stop fighting.

Godsey added, "I attempted to get Jason to his feet, at which time he stood up, and while still physically resisting, grabbed my service weapon on my duty belt. I grabbed the bottom of my holster in an attempt to keep Jason from getting my duty weapon out of the holster. Jason was given several commands to let go of my service weapon but continued to hold on."

Eventually, Godsey removed Lane's hand from his gun, and when Cpl. Mike Lipe responded to the scene he assisted Godsey in getting Lane to his vehicle.

Aside from aggravated assault, Lane was also charged with resisting arrest. Aggravated assault is a Class C felony punishable by 3-6 years if convicted.

As of Monday, Lane remained held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set pending his arraignment, which is scheduled for Wednesday morning in Sessions Court.

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