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Church Hill man attempts to evade police on horseback

August 21st, 2012 4:17 am by Jeff Bobo

Church Hill man attempts to evade police on horseback

Andrew William Ketron

KINGSPORT — A Hawkins County man is facing several charges including cruelty to animals for allegedly fleeing police on horseback Friday night and ramming a patrol car with his horse during the pursuit.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kenneth Ferguson stated in his report he observed three men on horseback jumping in and out of traffic on Netherland Inn Road around 11 p.m. Friday.

Ferguson said he made contact with one of the men, later identified as Andrew William Ketron, 36, 114 S. Holston Drive, Lot 2, Church Hill.

Ferguson said Ketron had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, and when Ferguson asked Ketron for identification he allegedly cursed at him and rode away north on Big Elm Road.

“I then followed Mr. Ketron, repeatedly telling him to stop, but he ignored my commands,” Ferguson said. “I followed Mr. Ketron with my blue lights activated for approximately three miles. Mr. Ketron rode through yards attempting to evade arrest, and during this time Mr. Ketron rammed my patrol car with his horse, causing more than $500 worth of damage.”

Ferguson was able to unhorse Ketron on Ramey Town Road, and Ketron was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

Aside from cruelty to animals, Ketron was charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest, public intoxication and vandalism of county property more than $500.

As of Monday, Ketron remained held in the Hawkins County jail on $10,000 bond. His next court appearance was set for Sept. 10.

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