Gunshot wound: Injured Jonesborough man arrested after fleeing traffic stop

Becky Campbell • Updated Mar 13, 2017 at 5:09 PM

A Jonesborough man who tried to get away from Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies late Friday while they were trying to pull him over, ended up stopping quickly when he ran into a ditch, according to Sheriff Ed Graybeal. He was already suffering from a recent gunshot wound.

James D. Riessen, 32, Mount Wesley Road, was arrested after driving his car into a ditch on Jackson Bridge Road near Charlie Dillow Road and charged with two counts of felony evading arrest, two counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of driving on a revoked license, two counts of a stop sign violation, speeding and resisting arrest.

The sheriff said Riessen was driving a Buick Rendevous and would not stop when a deputy tried to pull him over on a traffic violation on Al Sliger Road. Riessen headed toward Conkin Road and passed several other deputies as he tried to get away, police said. He turned on to Jackson Bridge Road, then on to Charlie Dillow Road. He apparently tried to turn through a field to get back onto Jackson Bridge, but slid into a ditch and got stuck.

Even that didn’t stop Riessen, according to Graybeal. The man got out of his car and tried to run off, but deputies were able to catch up and take him into custody. Riessen was checked at the scene by Washington County/Johnson City EMS paramedics for a gunshot wound that had happened several days earlier.

Riessen was being held on $25,000 bond and will be arraigned today in Washington County Sessions Court.

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