Police: Felon fired shot after crash near Science Hill

Johnson City Press • Updated Sep 22, 2018 at 9:38 PM

A convicted felon fired a shot before fleeing the scene of a crash near Science Hill High School late Friday night, resulting in numerous charges, Johnson City police said in a news release.

Police arrested Michael Lynn Thomas, 39, 206 Whitney St., at about 11:30 after finding him not far from the crash.

The wreck happened at North Roan Street and Liberty Bell Boulevard. Witnesses told police Thomas exited his vehicle, grabbed a rifle and fired a shot in an unknown direction.

He left before police arrived, officers said, but they quickly found him about a block away from the crash and his rifle hidden in a nearby bush.

Police said Thomas appeared to be impaired, and in his vehicle, police found a handgun, methamphetamine and crack cocaine.

He was charged with three counts of felony reckless endangerment, two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of possession of a firearm while under the influence, two counts of possessing a firearm during commission/attempt to commit a dangerous felony, possession of methamphetamine for resale, possession of crack cocaine for resale, DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

Thomas was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $84,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court hearing set for Monday.

The Tennessee Department of Correction lists Thomas as being on parole through March 26, 2020, from a sentence that began April 7, 2004.