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Teen reportedly attacks deputy
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A teen passenger in this Ford Fusion reportedly resisted arrest and was tased before a foot chase began Thursday morning. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

A local teen faces charges after reportedly resisting arrest and assaulting a law enforcement officer causing injury.

Warren County deputy Brystol Davis suffered what was described as a possible broken hand during a physical altercation with a 17-year-old male during a traffic stop at On The Way, a convenience store located at 716 South Chancery Street. The stop occurred Thursday morning.

“I asked for consent to search,” said Davis after stopping the vehicle for having a brake light out. “I went to pat down a passenger who had stepped out of the vehicle. He threw a punch. We were involved in a physical altercation. I tased him. He took off. I think I broke my hand.”

A call to dispatch on Thursday morning around 10:30 a.m. resulted in response by numerous deputies, as well as McMinnville Police Department officers.

“He’s wearing a black shirt, black pants and no shoes,” said Davis. “He ran behind On the Way. He’s heading in the direction of Old Viola Road. He just entered a thicket.”

The barefooted teen left behind a pair of flip-flops in his attempt to avoid capture.

A search of the area adjacent to Old Viola Road uncovered two discoveries. Sheriff’s Department Capt. Jody Cavanaugh located a 9mm Kel-Tec handgun in the field, and Sheriff’s Department Major Jason Walker discovered the teen. 

“After a search of the area, I located the juvenile in a wooded area lying in an old creek bed,” said Walker. “He was taken into custody without incident.”

Davis was treated at Saint Thomas River Park Hospital.