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Attempt to escape from Washington County investigator leads to more charges for man

Staff reports • Dec 12, 2012 at 8:05 PM

A Gray man who was stopped Tuesday for a minor traffic offense is facing more serious charges after trying to escape custody, according to a Washington County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Samuel P. Eanes, 37, 158 Oak Grove Road, No. 5, Gray, was stopped by a deputy and reportedly represented himself as another person. The WCSO said Eanes true identity was quickly established and it was revealed that he was wanted on numerous outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants.

Eanes was handcuffed and placed in the back of an investigator’s cruiser. But Eanes slipped his cuffed hands around to his front and smashed out the driver’s side rear window, escaping by sliding out through the opening.

Eanes attempted to flee but tripped, falling across the center line of Old Gray Station Road and nearly being struck by a passing vehicle, the release said. The investigator caught up to Eanes, who refused to follow the officer’s commands, leading to Eanes being Tased.

He was treated for injuries suffered from broken glass, his fall and being Tased.

Eanes was charged with driving on a suspended license, financial responsibility law violation, vandalism, escape and criminal impersonation. He was served with warrants charged him with violation of probation, violation of order of protection, evading arrest, driving on a suspended license and aggravated burglary.

He was being held in the Washington County Detention Center on $86,000 bond and appeared in Sessions Court on Wednesday. Eanes will appear again during the next term of Criminal Court.

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