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Johnson City police bring back wanted felon after extradition from South Carolina

Johnson City Press • Apr 24, 2019 at 9:15 AM

Johnson City police traveled to South Carolina on Tuesday to retrieve a local man who escaped from a police chase in January, police said in a news release.

Dakota Wayne Shasteen, 21, 303 Wilson Ave., had been jailed at the Laurens County Detention Center on separate charges from that jurisdiction, and he was extradited to Tennessee following completion of his time.

Johnson City police said Shasteen assaulted two people Dec. 5 by nearly striking one with an SUV and pointing a pistol at the second. Police were called to 114 Embreville Road about 11:30 p.m that night, where the victims reported that Shasteen had knocked on their door and asked to speak with their juvenile son.

When the parents would not allow that, Shasteen got angry, so they asked him to leave the property. Police said Shasteen got into his Lincoln Navigator and drove it toward the woman, who was standing in the front yard, and nearly struck her with the SUV. The other parent was on the driver side of the vehicle, and Shasteen pointed a small pistol at him. Shasteen then continued to drive through the yard, causing damage to the landscaping.

Police obtained a warrant charging Shasteen with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of vandalism under $1,000.

About 10:15 p.m. on Jan. 21, police received a tip that Shasteen was at 1121 E. Lakeview Drive in a red vehicle and armed. When police approached the house, Shasteen sped out of the driveway, nearly striking a police cruiser. A chase ensued, and Shasteen was able to elude police.

Police obtained a second warrant charging him with one felony evading arrest, reckless driving, driving on a revoked license and a light law violation.

After his return from South Carolina, Shasteen was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $12,000 bond with a Sessions Court appearance set for Wednesday.

Johnson City police had arrested Shasteen three previous times. He was charged with driving on a revoked license and reckless driving in January 2018. They also arrested Shasteen about a year ago on charges felony possession of a schedule VI drug for resale, driving on a suspended license, red light violation and unlawful drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with felony vandalism, aggravated assault and failure to appear last May.

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