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Officer assaulted after I-26 chase in Johnson City, police say

Johnson City Press • Updated Jun 3, 2019 at 5:57 PM

I-26 police chase, assault on officer: An Interstate 26 police chase Sunday in Johnson City led to the arrest of an Oak Ridge man on charges of DUI, evading arrest and assaulting a police officer. Police said Charlie J. Cummings, 48, was driving erratically on North Street about 1:45 a.m. and refused to stop. He continued onto I-26 East, where he was eventually stopped. As he was arrested, Cummings became combative. Cummings smelled of alcohol and appeared to be too intoxicated to drive, police said, but he refused to submit to a breathalyzer or perform a field sobriety test. Police also said his driver’s license was suspended in 2015 for failure to appear in court and he had been previously convicted for driving on a suspended license. Cummings, 117 Valparaiso Road, Oak Ridge, was charged with driving under the influence, evading arrest, driving on a suspended license second offense, simple assault on a law enforcement officer and violation of the implied consent law. He was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center under $13,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Monday.

Assault, vandalism: Police said a Johnson City man shoved his his girlfriend’s daughter, punched holes in a wall and broke an iPhone on Saturday during an argument over cheating allegations. Anthony Johnson, 31, 1001 Willows Trace, was arrested after police went to 132 West Drive about 8:30 a.m. Police said Johnson became violent once he realized that law enforcement had been contacted. He was charged with simple assault and felony vandalism. Johnson was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $11,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Monday.

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