Hawkins man charged with escape after fleeing courthouse on foot

Jeff Bobo • Oct 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Church Hill man who was wanted for failing to contact his attorney on a pending aggravated assault charge allegedly ran Thursday after he went to the courthouse to check the status of his case and was told he was under arrest.

Around 2 p.m. Thursday Steve Lynn "Stevie" Thacker, 47, 244 Shipley Road Lot 13, Church Hill, was told by the clerk of courts Randy Collier that he had a pending criminal court arrest warrant, and that he was in custody and couldn’t leave.

Thacker was then turned over to a courthouse officer.

Thacker and the officer stepped outside the court side of the Justice Center and were walking to the jail side of the facility when Thacker allegedly ran into the wooded area behind the Justice Center.

Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said officers searched the woods to the north of the Justice Center for several hours.

Shortly before 6 p.m. the HCSO received a report that Thacker had been seen in the woods near a yard barn construction business on 11-W across the highway from the Royston of Rogersville dealership.

HCSO Deputy Gary Lawson and Rogersville Police Department Officer Cambren Gibson responded to the yard barn business, and following a brief foot chase, took Thacker into custody.

Thacker was additionally charged with felony escape and evading arrest.

Thacker was originally charged with aggravated assault on Sept. 4, 2014.

Police said the charge stems from an attack on Nathaniel J. Gilliam who is a friend of Thacker's sister.

Gilliam stated that he he didn't know why Thacker attacked him. Gilliam reportedly told the HCSO his relationship with Thacker's sister is good.

On July 28, 2014 Thacker allegedly punched Gilliam in the face unexpectedly, which knocked Gilliam to the ground.

Witnesses stated Thacker then kicked Gilliam in the face and chest.

Gilliam suffered facial fractures and a "tension pneumothorax," which required a chest tube to treat.

Thacker was scheduled to appear in Hawkins County Criminal Court Thursday morning on that charge.

Judge John Dugger issued the arrest warrant after thacker didn’t appear and his attorney told the judge Thacker hadn’t been in contact.

As of Friday Thacker was being held without bond in the Hawkins County Jail on the escape and evading charges pending arraignment set for Wednesday in Sessions Court.                

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