A Kingsport man who faced attempted murder and other charges for allegedly trying to run over two police officers has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in exchange for probation.
Ronnie Dale Johnson, 34, 912 Colfax Drive, Kingsport, was originally charged with two counts each of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault, and one count each of violation of the habitual traffic offender order, felony evading arrest and failure to exercise due care. On Monday, Johnson pleaded guilty to two counts of attempt to commit aggravated assault, a Class D felony, and all other charges were dismissed. He was granted supervised probation in lieu of a five-year prison sentence with 35 percent service required. Johnson was fined $100, barred from contact with Kingsport Police Officers Kellen Steele and Bryan Carter, and ordered to undergo an alcohol and drug assessment. He was also ordered not to possess or consume alcohol.
According to an affidavit filed by Officer Carter, Johnson drove at him and Officer Kellen Steele when they stopped him for "doing burnouts" in his truck, identified as a white 1988 GMC.