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Kingsport man facing new charges after attempt to evade arrest

Kacie Dingus Breeding • Dec 27, 2007 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Kingsport police have arrested a city man who fled after almost hitting an officer with his vehicle. He was wanted by state and local authorities on charges ranging from a parole violation to theft and domestic assault.

Kingsport Police Department Patrolman Billy Boyd said in an affidavit sworn on Dec. 18 that Jackie D. Clifton, 37, 2108 New Beason Well Road, nearly hit him after he walked toward the rear of Clifton’s vehicle as he backed out of a driveway at 2114 Steadman St.

He’d gone to that location on a domestic call and recognized Clifton, whose license he knew had been revoked, Boyd said.

Boyd said he moved behind Clifton’s vehicle and asked him to step out, and Clifton started backing up — nearly striking him.

KPD Officer Mike Hickman pursued Clifton, who drove through a back yard as he fled the scene.

Clifton allegedly refused to stop for the officers as they pursued him with lights and sirens activated.

The chase ended at 1750 Rock Springs Road, where he was taken into custody on charges of aggravated assault, felony reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest, violation of the Habitual Motor Offender Act, and DUI fifth offense.

At the Kingsport City Jail, Clifton refused all forms of blood alcohol content tests, according to the affidavit, and was charged with violation of implied consent.

Court records do not reflect arraignment on the DUI charge on Dec. 18.

Clifton’s bond is set at $10,000. He remains in the Sullivan County Detention Center after Sullivan County authorities advised he is wanted for a state parole violation, and county warrants issued Nov. 13 on charges of domestic assault, simple assault and theft over $1,000 also had not been served as of Dec. 18.

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