By Nathan Baker
Even after being struck by a fleeing vehicle during a traffic stop Thursday, a Carter County Sheriff’s Department deputy relentlessly pursued a suspect through two counties to state Route 36 in the Boones Creek area.
According to CCSD Patrol Supervisor Lt. Patrick Johnson, Deputy Nick Andes stopped a white Honda Thursday on the Milligan Highway for an apparent seatbelt violation by the driver, identified by police as Damien Christopher Slocum, 27, 6248 Kingsport Highway, Johnson City.
Johnson said while Andes was at his cruiser running a check on Slocum’s driver’s license, Slocum started the car.
The lieutenant said as Andes approached the Honda to ask him to shut off the engine, Slocum suddenly reversed, striking the officer in the right knee, and fled the scene toward Johnson City.
From the Milligan Highway, Johnson said Slocum led Andes on a chase to Interstate 26, Boones Creek Road, the Kingsport Highway and several secondary roads before Slocum surrendered to the officer on Ed Martin Road in the Oak Grove community.
“It was really a half-hearted attempt at fleeing anyway,” Johnson said. “He stayed below 60 mph and was around 35 or 40 for a large portion of it.”
Johnson said throughout the pursuit, Andes relayed information to radio dispatchers, who then fed the chase’s progress to Washington County authorities.