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Sheriff: Jonesborough man tore up cruiser after passing deputy in no-passing zone

Staff Report • Apr 10, 2014 at 5:04 PM

A Jonesborough man faced reckless driving and vandalism charges after he passed a deputy he claimed was going too slow in a no-passing zone and damaged deputy's cruiser after his arrest, Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal said in a news release.

Matthew Bowers, 28, 187 Mayberry Road, Jonesborough, was arrested Monday after the incident on Taylor Bridge Road.

Graybeal said Bowers had been released from a traffic stop after being written citations for reckless driving and a passing zone violation.

He then passed a second deputy on Taylor Bridge Road on the double yellow lines at high speed. After he was stopped again, Bowers told the deputy he thought the deputy was going too slow.

After his arrest, Bowers was placed in the back of a cruiser and became violent, breaking the partition between his seat and the deputy and kicking out a rear-door window.

Bowers was charged with reckless driving, improper passing and felony vandalism over $1,000. He remained held Thursday in the Washington Detention Center on $11,000 bond with a preliminary hearing set for Tuesday in Sessions Court.

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