Suspect at center of Unicoi County manhunt in custody

UNICOI COUNTY, TN (WJHL)- Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley confirmed with News Channel 11 late Saturday night that Jason Garland Hurst was in police custody. Sheriff Hensley said Hurst was arrested just after 7:30 Saturday evening.

It has been quite a chase for several agencies, including from North Carolina, after this began late Thursday night. Hurst was involved in a domestic situation out of Yancy County, North Carolina.

Hurst then stole a car out of Madison County. Unicoi County officers recognized that stolen vehicle on Interstate 26 Friday afternoon. Officers fired shots at the tires of the stolen vehicles, that is when Hurst crashed near exit 46 and ran into the woods. Sheriff Hensley said there were two confirmed sighting of Hurst this morning. Hurst went to two different houses and asked to borrow a phone.

Hurst was then spotted by officers in Ernestville Saturday evening.

“Myself, along with  my officers got in the area and my officers were able to spot him and take him into custody without incident,” said Sheriff Hensley.

Jason Garland Hurst now faces charges of aggravated burglary, theft over $1,000 and felony evading arrest. He also faces additional charges out of North Carolina.

Hurst is being held in the Unicoi County jail without bond and is expected to go before a judge on Monday morning.

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