It happened after a traffic stop around 4 p.m. Thursday on Highway 81 South. Washington County Sheriff’s Investigator Will Rhodes pulled over a silver-blue Toyota station wagon because the driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt. During the stop, according to the affidavit, the passenger, later identified as Christopher McInturff, 34, 429 Conklin Road, climbed halfway out the passenger’s window and began acting aggressively.
Investigator Gary Daugherty arrived at the traffic stop to assist Rhodes and took McInturff into custody because of the man’s bizarre behavior. After checking through the national crime database, the officers discovered there was an active warrant pending for McInturff’s arrest.
The affidavit said that at that point, McInturff became combative and kicked Deputy Jared Taylor in the chest, which knocked off the officer’s body camera. McInturff was restrained and put into Daugherty’s vehicle.
As Daugherty drove to the Detention Center, McInturff became “very violent, ramming his head into the rear window,” the affidavit stated.
Investigators said McInturff broke the window and was able to climb out while the vehicle was still moving. McInturff tried to run off, but was apprehended. Officers called for medical assistance because McInturff had “several severe lacerations,” the affidavit stated. McInturff was taken by Washington County/Johnson City EMS to Johnson City Medical Center, where he was admitted for treatment.
Chief Deputy Leighta Laitinen said McInturff was being guarded and would be taken to jail once he was discharged from the hospital. He had a $4,000 bond on the new charge and a $50,000 bond on the outstanding warrant for failure to appear for a previous court hearing.
The driver of the vehicle McInturff was in, William Stallsmith, was issued citations for not wearing a seat belt and a misdemeanor drug charge. That drug charge stemmed from a small amount of a substance he had that field tested positive for methamphetamine, the Sheriff’s Office reported.