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Man charged with fleeing Johnson City police with 4-year-old in car

Staff Report • Aug 12, 2013 at 5:28 PM

A Johnson City man fled police and ran a stop sign with a 4-year-old boy not restrained in a child safety seat on Sunday, resulting in his arrest, police said.

John S. Bishop, 26, 1907 Triangle Road, Apt. 1., was arrested after police spotted a Chevrolet Nova near West State of Franklin Road and University Parkway with no taillights and no brake lights about 9 p.m., according to a court record.

Patrolman Brad Flynn tried to stop the car near West Walnut Street and University Parkway, but the driver continued and turned into the East Tennessee State University campus, where he ran a stop sign and eventually stopped before getting out and running away.

Passengers included the Nova's owner, Elizabeth Foster, and her 4-year-old son. Flynn said the child was not in a safety seat.

Bishop later told police he ran because he was wanted out of Washington County Criminal Court. A records check indicated his license had been suspended for two other driving on a suspended license charges in 2010.

Bishop was charged with felony evading arrest, violation of the light law, failure to comply with financial responsibility, violation of the seat belt law for ages 4 to 15 years and driving on a suspended license third offense.

He was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $5,000 bond and arraigned Monday in Sessions Court.

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