A man who led lawmen on a chase through three counties has been bound to the grand jury on felony charges.
The suspect, Joseph Adam Ashmore, 30, waived his right to preliminary hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke and was bound to the grand jury on charges of evading arrest, driving on a suspended license second offense, and aggravated assault. He was also bound on separate charges for taking part in a gas theft at Morrison Church of Christ, a theft he was linked to by video surveillance tape.
His evading arrest charge comes after deputies were alerted that officers from Rutherford and Cannon counties were chasing a man in a Ford Bronco. Deputy Jason Walker saw the suspect’s vehicle on Nashville Highway.
“He immediately turned on Bates Hill Road and I chased him for four or five miles,” Walker said in his warrant against Ashmore. “The subject drove his vehicle into a yard on Pettigap Road and he deliberately attempted to ram my cruiser two times while trying to exit the yard.”
Walker said he had to take evasive action to avoid being struck by the fugitive. The suspect was able to get out of the yard but stalled his vehicle a short distance later. He then fled on foot.
While able to get away for the time being, Ashmore left a passenger in the vehicle. The passenger, Christie Del Valle, was wanted in Rutherford County and confirmed Ashmore was driving the Bronco. Further linking him to the chase was his driver license which was found in the vehicle. A computer check revealed Ashmore’s license was suspended for failure to satisfy a citation.