Two people arrested after Unicoi County manhunt

UNICOI COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)– Two people have been charged after leading Unicoi County Sheriff’s deputies on a vehicle and foot pursuit late Friday evening.

Unicoi Sheriff Mike Hensley said officers had previously been looking for the suspect, Jessie Armstrong and his vehicle.

A Unicoi County officer spotted the vehicle, and tried to stop him for a minor traffic violation. When he refused, a pursuit ensued.

“Another officer spotted the vehicle going into the Rolling Hills area,” said Sheriff Hensley. “He followed the vehicle, and the suspect jumped out of the vehicle and fled.”

His passenger, who officers identified as Lindsey Barr was taken into custody. It was then they learned Armstrong was armed with a .9mm handgun with a fully loaded clip.

They advised residents in the Rolling Hills community to lock their doors and stay inside.

Hensley said they called in K-9 units to assist in the search. A Johnson City K-9 unit was also on the way when they found Armstrong lying in bushes nearby.

Unicoi County officers arrested Armstrong and charged him with following too closely, felony evading, misdemeanor evading, felon in possession of a handgun, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, and failure to maintain lane.

In addition,  Barr was charged with possession of drugs.

Hensley said they are working with federal agencies to investigate both Armstrong and Barr.

Due to the nature of their investigation, no other information is available at this time.

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