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Man faces several charges after police pursuit from Elizabethton to Johnson City

John Thompson • Updated Aug 14, 2019 at 8:20 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A man was arrested on several charges after he allegedly tried to run over several people while driving his van away from a reported domestic disturbance shortly after midnight on Monday. The incident led to a police pursuit from Elizabethton to Johnson City, where the man was arrested.

Edward Thomas Connor, 46, was charged with five counts of aggravated assault, felony evading arrest, four counts of failure to stop for traffic control devices, violation of an order of protection, reckless endangerment, driving on an expired license, and violation of the financial responsibility law.

Training Officer Matt Croy of the Elizabethton Police Department said he was dispatched to a domestic disturbance at Speedway Apartments on West G Street around 12:30 a.m. Monday.

Croy said witnesses told him that Connor had gone to one of the apartments where his girlfriend was inside. Witnesses said Connor began throwing his girlfriend’s clothing out of the apartment’s window.

Connor went outside the apartment and witnesses said he got into a Dodge minivan and attempted to run over the people who were outside. He then left the apartment complex. While police were gathering information at the complex, witnesses said Connor drove by in the van.

Croy and other officers began pursuing the van. Croy said the van ran the red light at the intersection of Bemberg Avenue and West G Street. Croy said he turned on his emergency lights, but Connor failed to stop, accelerating to 78 mph on West G. He said the van sped through a green light at the intersection of West G and Mary Patton Highway, then ran a red light at the intersection of West G and West Elk Avenue. There, the van turned left and headed for Johnson City. Croy said the van also ran the red light at the Milligan Highway intersection.

Croy said the van continued westbound on the expressway. The officer said he noticed the driver of the van was throwing objects out of the van at him. Croy said the van continued onto University Parkway in Johnson City and turned onto Legion Street and then onto South Roan Street. He said the van turned onto Division Street and attempted a turn onto East Poplar Street, but crashed into the stop sign.

Officers said the driver fled on foot. A short time later, the Johnson City Police Department received a tip that Connor was at a residence on Claiborne Street, just a block from the crash.

Officers from Johnson City, Elizabethton and the Tennessee Highway Patrol went to the Claiborne residence and arrested Connor.

Croy said Connor admitted throwing several tools at him during the pursuit.

Connor was arraigned in Carter County Sessions Court on Wednesday. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. set Connor’s bond at $50,000 and ordered him to have no contact with the victims. His next court appearance is set for Aug. 23.

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