ELIZABETHTON — A Johnson City man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly struck a Carter County deputy and attempted to choke him.
Deputy Nick Andes responded to Dave Buck Road on complaints about a neighbor dispute in which someone had fired a gun in the air. Upon arrival, he met with George Aldrich, 1901 Knob Creek Road, Apt. 27, Johnson City.
Aldrich said he had emptied the bullets from the gun and fired the gun outside to make sure it was empty. He said the gun went off unexpectedly. Andes attempted to handcuff Aldrich, but he said Aldrich resisted and began throwing punches. Andes fought with Aldrich and during the struggle, he said Aldrich tried to choke him.
Andes reached for his microphone to call for help and Aldrich pulled the microphone away. Andes was able to handcuff Aldrich and subdue him.
Investigator Travis Ludlow said Andes had cuts and bruises on his face. He was taken to Sycamore Shoals Hospital for treatment. Ludlow said a criminal history check of Aldrich indicated he is a convicted felon and prohibited from operating a firearm. He was convicted on two counts of auto burglary and sentenced to five years’ incarceration in 2006.