Car chase through Johnson City streets leads to multiple charges

Johnson City, TN (WJHL) – A chase through the streets of Johnson City has landed a man in jail on several charges.

Johnson City Police officers tried to pull 40-year-old Sean D. Rutledge over, after he was reportedly driving recklessly around 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Officers say Rutledge refused to pull over, however, and instead drove at high speeds through several city streets, including residential areas.

At one point, police say Rutledge ran off the road, hitting a concrete structure, and causing extensive damage to his car.

That did not deter him, however, as officers say he continues driving without a tire on one of his rims.

Officers lost sight of the car briefly, before finding it wrecked at the corner of Shelby Avenue and Chapel Lane, near the VA Cemetery.

Officers then chased Rutledge as he tried to run away from the scene, and say he assaulted a VA officer who tried to take him into custody.

Police were finally able to subdue Rutledge with the use of a taser, and arrest him.

Rutledge faces a multitude of charges, including Reckless Driving, Felony Reckless Endangerment, Felony Evading Arrest, Resisting Arrest, Simple Assault of an Officer, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Driving on a Revoked License/multiple, Driving Under the Influence, Open Container, and Financial Responsibility.

Rutledge is being held at the Washington County Detention Center on a $26,000 bond. He is due to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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