A suspect was arrested after a four-county police chase Tuesday. He now faces an attempted first-degree murder charge for allegedly trying to strike a law enforcement officer with his vehicle during his effort to avoid capture.
Joshua Brennon Wilson, 30, was taken into custody in Putnam County after fleeing Warren County on Highway 70, crossing both Van Buren and White County lines with Warren County Sheriff’s deputy Jared Jacobs in pursuit.
According to Major Jason Walker, the chase started on Nashville Highway when Jacobs pulled over a GMC Yukon towing a U-Haul trailer because the trailer lights weren't working.
“During the stop, the male driver gave Jacobs a Tennessee driver license,” said Walker. “During the traffic investigation, it was determined the subject had given someone else’s ID. It was determined the driver of the vehicle was actually Joshua Brennon Wilson from Kingsport, Tennessee.”
Jacobs approached the driver of the vehicle and confronted him about providing false ID.
“Wilson then took off and turned down the ramp of Nashville Highway turning onto 70 Bypass,” said Walker. “He then headed east toward Sparta Highway."
An attempt was made to stop him. However, it almost proved costly for the deputy who Wilson allegedly attempted to strike.
“Capt. Jody Cavanaugh set up to deploy spike strips on the bypass by the railroad tracks,” said Walker. “As Wilson was getting close to the area, he intentionally swerved at Capt. Cavanaugh while he was out of his vehicle trying to deploy stop sticks, causing Cavanaugh to have to take evasive actions to get out of the way of being struck by the vehicle and trailer.”
Deputies were able to get in front of Wilson to warn unsuspecting motorists, and in some instances oncoming traffic, of the danger.
Said Walker, “White County units attempted to set up spike strips at several locations, and Wilson would go across the median into oncoming traffic. He would come back across the median in the right lane of travel and at one point he struck deputy Jacobs’ patrol unit.”
The pursuit ended off Highway 136 when Wilson became stuck in a field. He faces charges of reckless endangerment, evading arrest, criminal impersonation, and attempted first-degree murder. He is being held without bond.
He will also face numerous charges in White County, says Walker, and has felony warrants out of Sullivan County, Tenn.