Sullivan County deputy nearly hit by car

Rain Smith • Oct 25, 2010 at 2:17 AM

Police expect to obtain a warrant for the arrest of a Kingsport man who allegedly ignored orders to stop his car, then accelerated the vehicle and brushed a Sullivan County deputy who was on foot.

The officer was not injured in the incident, which occurred Sunday night on Thomas Street, off of Bloomingdale Pike. The deputy reports stopping his patrol car and activating his emergency lights, then exiting to speak with two people at the side of the road. The report does not specify why the deputy stopped.

The deputy says he was crossing the road when he heard a vehicle. He then saw a 1998 Subaru Legacy heading his direction, and screamed for the car to stop. The Subaru allegedly accelerated, forcing the officer to step back and press against his cruiser to avoid being hit.

As the car passed, it allegedly caught the magazine holder on the deputy's belt. The officer reports getting in his car to follow the car, with it stopping in the 200 block of Thomas Street. A white male allegedly exited the driver's seat, ran from the vehicle and jumped a fence. He was not located.

A passenger in the car provided a written statement identifying the driver. Police expect to obtain a warrant for his arrest, charging him with reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, resisting stop and arrest, driving on a revoked license and driving without insurance.

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