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Johnson City police chase ends with arrest of man accused of assaulting 3 in John Sevier Center

Staff Report • Nov 20, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Police chased down a man accused of assaulting three people in a downtown Johnson City low-income housing high-rise complex on Tuesday.

William D. "B.J." Shamblin, 28, 905 E. Myrtle Ave., was arrested after a brief foot chase through downtown Johnson City, an incident that began with a report of a fight at John Sevier Center, 141 E. Market St.

Police said officers learned that Shamblin had assaulted three people and he had ran down a stairwell. Using a description from witnesses, police quickly spotted him nearby at the intersection of East Market and South Roan Street. He ran from officers but was caught after a short foot chase.

Two of the three victims were taken to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment.

Shamblin was charged with aggravated assault, evading arrest and public intoxication. He was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $16,500 bond and arraigned Wednesday in Sessions Court.

Tuesday's incident was not the first time Johnson City police arrested Shamblin after a police chase. In April 2012, police said they spotted a vehicle reported stolen traveling west on East Main Street and attempted to stop the vehicle when it turned left onto Mary Key Street.

Shamblin turned right onto Pardee Street and when it came to the Bert Street intersection, he jumped out of the vehicle and sent it crashing into a chain-link fence. Police pulled a passenger out of the vehicle and placed him under arrest. Shamblin was arrested after a short foot chase.

Shamblin was charged with evading arrest, driving on a suspended license, leaving the scene of accident and theft of motor vehicle.

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