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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Thompson faces charges
A Cocke County man faces a number of charges stemming from a theft and pursuit on Tuesday which began in Cocke County and ended inJefferson County. Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes reported that Deputy Sgt. Hollis Emmons responded to the West Highway 25/70 Shell gas station after a 2003 Ford F150 truck was reported stolen. Tommy Hale said he went into the convenience store to make a purchase and when he came back out his vehicle was missing. Sgt. Emmons identified the suspect as Ezekiel Thompson, 25, Lower Bogard Road, Newport. A short time later at approximately 10:55 am, Officer Emmons spotted the vehicle at the intersection of Old Highway 411 and West Highway 25/70, being driven by Thompson. Deputy Emmons and Newport Patrol Officer Jordan Douglas pursued the vehicle into Jefferson County reaching speeds in excess of 90 MPH. Jefferson County Constable Steven Cameron also joined in the pursuit. When Thompson attempted to enter Old Newport Highway in Jefferson County, he into an open field. The driver fled the vehicle on foot and two passengers, Amanda Murphy of Cosby and Matthew Kennedy of Del Rio were detained by Constable Cameron. Neither has been charged. Officers then pursued Thompson on foot across Interstate 40 but lost sight of him. Sheriff Fontes requested assistance from the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in the search, and officers converged on the area. The Tennessee Highway Patrol requested the assistance of a helicopter to search from the air. At approximately 12:25 pm Tennessee Wildlife Resource Officer Chad Gann spoke to a couple of people who had seen the suspect in the Sunset Harbor Subdivision. The air support unit spotted Thompson from the air and Trooper Ethan Shults began a foot pursuit, along with Cocke County Sheriff's Office Narcotic Officer Danny Hartsell. The suspect was pursued on foot into the Plantation Shores Subdivision where he attempted to gain entry to a locked residence. n confronted, Thompson allegedly threatened the officers and placed his hand behind his waist pretending to have a gun. The officers tactically approached the suspect and a physical altercation ensued as the suspect fought with officers. They were able to gain control of the suspect placing him into custody. The capture of this suspect was the result of a combined effort between the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, The Cocke County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Newport Police Department. I thank these agencies for their cooperation and partnership. "All the officers involved did a great job searching a hugh area, taking this suspect into custody without anyone being injured. This was a prime example of the type of dangers officers face and the risks they take to apprehend dangerous persons who commit crimes," the sheriff said. In Cocke County, Thompson is charged by Newport Patrol Officer Douglas with with felony fleeing to evade arrest, two counts reckless endangerment, reckless driving, evading arrest, driving on a revoked license, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, evading arrest, and violation of the due care, move over, driving left of center, improper passing and speeding laws. Deputy Sgt. Emmons has charged Thompson with theft over $2,000. In Jefferson County, Troope Shults has charged Thompson with resisting arrest, evading arrest on foot, driving on revoked drivers license, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to notify authorities of a traffic crash.

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