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Hawkins man sought for probation violation now facing four counts of assault on an officer

Jeff Bobo • Aug 28, 2018 at 9:30 AM

CHURCH HILL — A Church Hill man who was wanted for a probation violation tacked on several charges Sunday, including four counts of assault on an officer after he allegedly tried to run through officers and out his back door.

Police said Matthew Edward Collins, 23, 125 Leland Lane, Church Hill, ran out of a bathroom in a residence on Burlington Road in Church Hill, lowered his shoulder and tried to run through Church Hill Police Department Officer Daniel Byington and Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Godsey.

Byington, Godsey and Collins went out the back door and off the 4-foot-high back porch, landing on the ground together.

CHPD Officer Chad Mosely was dragged through the back door as well. After struggling for several minutes, Collins was eventually subdued by the officers.

In June, Collins was sentenced to a year of probation for criminal impersonation, simple possession and evading arrest.

Shortly after 9:30 p.m. Sunday, officers located Collins at 1268 Burlington Road, Lot 15, in Church Hill, where he was found hiding in the bathroom.

Collins initially told Godsey, Byington, Mosely and Deputy Jamie Smith that he had a gun and a knife. He told the officers he was not going back to jail, and he refused to take his hands out of his pockets.

Officers attempted to subdue him with a Taser, but it was not effective, and that's when Collins reportedly bolted for the back door.

He was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges including four counts of assault on an officer, evading arrest by foot, resisting arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia for three syringes reportedly found in his shorts pocket when he was arrested.

As of Monday evening, he remained held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set.

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