A man wanted in Jackson County after a multi-county chase in July allegedly pinned a Tennessee police officer between two vehicles before another chase this week that led to his capture, according to authorities.
Police officers responded around 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27, to a residence in Kingsport to check on a white 2011 Range Rover sport utility vehicle that had been reported stolen.
“While en route, they spotted the stolen vehicle in question leaving the area, and a traffic stop was initiated. As one of the officers was exiting his police cruiser, the suspect, later identified as Shannon Michael Carter, put the vehicle in reverse, and deliberately accelerated toward the officer, striking him and pinning him between the two vehicles,” according to the Kingsport Police.
Carter, of Braselton, then drove from the scene. While some officers rendered aid to the injured officer, others gave chase but lost contact with Carter.
“Shortly thereafter, Kingsport Central Dispatch received information that the stolen Range Rover had been spotted near Volunteer High School in Hawkins County where it had crashed. Mr. Carter fled the scene of the crash. However, after an extensive search of the area he was ultimately apprehended,” according to the Kingsport Police. He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail.
Kingsport Police charged Carter with possession of stolen property, felony evading arrest, reckless driving, altering a license place, driving without a license and being a fugitive from justice.
The Tennessee officer was taken to a local hospital for emergency treatment and was eventually treated and released.
“Additional felony charges are pending by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and will be announced in a follow-up news release to be issued by that agency. There are also possible additional charges pending related to the initial theft of the motor vehicle in Johnson City and his ultimate apprehension in Hawkins County,” according to Kingsport Police.
Carter already faced 16 charges including aggravated assault on a police officer from Jackson County. He was previously wanted from a chase starting on Cooper Bridge Road in Jackson County before going through Hall and Gwinnett counties.
A Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy had pulled over another driver at about 5 p.m. July 22, when a car driven by Joshua Martin, 33, of Buford, pulled out of the driveway of a house and hit the front of the patrol car, Sheriff Janis Mangum said. Carter was a passenger in that car.
The deputy was out of the car with the other driver at the time and wasn’t injured, Mangum said.
Jackson deputies then pursued the driver, who traveled through Hall County before ending up around Railroad Avenue in Buford in Gwinnett.
Martin was arrested and taken to the Jackson County Jail on charges of aggravated assault on police officers and “multiple traffic charges,” Mangum said.
Carter was able to run away from authorities, the sheriff said.