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Man charged with stalking, reckless endangerment after chase through Johnson City

Johnson City Press • Updated Oct 31, 2018 at 10:14 PM

A Greeneville man was jailed early Wednesday morning after a series of events that included a chase through Johnson City led police to charge him with numerous offenses.

In three news releases, Johnson City police described events allegedly involving Cody P. Lobsiger, 29, 260 Union Road, Greeneville, that began around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday when a 911 caller reported a suspicious vehicle.

The caller identified the vehicle as a Ford Crown Victoria with a Florida tag. When police first located the vehicle in north Johnson City, it left toward downtown. Police spotted the vehicle again at West State of Franklin Road at South Roan Street moving with no headlights burning.

As police followed, Lobsiger ran a red light and drove 50 mph in a 30 mph zone. Police tried stopping the car but Lobsiger refused to pull over. Police last saw the car at Legion Street and King Springs Road.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper stopped the vehicle about an hour later, and Lobsiger was booked into the Washington County Detention Center about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A few hours later, police filed additional charges against Lobsiger resulting from a woman’s report. She told police Lobsiger had followed her vehicle at an unsafe distance in the Ford Crown Victoria from the Bristol Highway near Willmary Road to North Roan Street and Mockingbird Lane.

She told police Lobsiger pulled up next to her vehicle while shouting and waving his arms at her. He the sped past her and circled back so he was following her vehicle again. Lobsiger almost collided with her by braking in front of her vehicle.

At one point, he entered an eastbound entrance ramp toward Interstate 26 but then drove back down it to continue following her.

Between Johnson City police and the THP, Lobsiger was charged with aggravated assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, stalking, three counts of evading arrest, two counts of driving with a suspended license, a headlight dusk/dawn violation, speeding and a red light violation.

He was due to appear later Wednesday in Washington County Sessions Court.

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