Man with outstanding warrant caught after chase through Carter County parking lot

John Thompson • Sep 30, 2013 at 8:38 PM

A man was arrested in the parking lot of the Carter County Justice Center on Friday morning after deputies said he attempted to avoid arrest.

Christopher Raymond Sutphin, 29, 560 Anderson Road, Johnson City, was arrested on charges of evading arrest and assault on an officer.

Lt. L.C. Tester of the Carter County Sheriff's Department said he noticed Sutphin as he was walking in the hallway of the Justice Center at 9 a.m. Tester said he knew there was an outstanding arrest warrant on Sutphin, charging him with violation of probation.

Tester told him about the outstanding warrant. He said Sutphin responded by running towards the front entrance of the building.

Deputy Fred Lockett was standing at the metal detector at the front of the building. Lockett saw Sutphin running for the door and tried to grab him. Tester said Sutphin began pulling away and pinned Lockett's arm against the metal detector.

As Lockett let go, Sutphin burst through the front doors and began running north toward Elk Avenue. His path took him towards the reserved parking area for Chief Deputy Ron Street. Street had just parked his car and was getting out of the vehicle as Sutphin ran towards him.

Street ordered Sutphin to stop. Tester said Sutphin changed course to avoid Street and began running west, toward Main Street.

Deputy Jason Mosier was pursing Sutphin and caught up with him at First Avenue, arresting him and taking him into custody.

Sutphin is scheduled to answer the charges in Sessions Court on Oct. 7.

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