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Two-county chase ensues after deputy struck by car

Jennifer Sprouse • Feb 28, 2013 at 10:44 PM

A Johnson City man was arrested Thursday afternoon after he ran over a Carter County sheriff’s deputy with his car, prompting a police chase from Carter County to Washington County, police said.

According to Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes, Damien Christopher Slocum, 27, 6248 Kingsport Highway, was stopped in a small, white vehicle by Deputy Nick Andes for a minor traffic violation and while Andes was checking Slocum’s license he “jumps back in his car and literally backed over the officer.”

Mathes said Slocum fled the scene heading toward Johnson City.

“The chase was Carter County into Johnson City, up on the interstate, out to the Boones Creek area, off of (Tenn.) Highway 36, through Buttermilk Road,” he said. “It appeared that he didn’t know exactly where he was at, trying to get away ... as the chase ensued.”

Mathes said Carter County was assisted by Washington County sheriff’s deputies during the chase, and Slocum was apprehended off Tenn. 36.

Slocum was taken to Carter County Jail where he was being held without bond on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, felony evading arrest, second offense of driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license and leaving the scene of an accident with personal injuries. He is scheduled to appear in Carter County Sessions Court on April 8.

Mathes said Slocum also will face charges in Washington County.

Mathes said Andes was taken to Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Elizabethton for treatment of minor injuries, but reportedly had swelling in his thigh area where Slocum’s vehicle ran over him.

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