Brief vehicle pursuit results in felony charges for Gray man

Published 4:58 pm Friday, March 24, 2023

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JONESBOROUGH – Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested and charged Richard Norris, 52, of Gray, with evading arrest (by vehicle), evading arrest (by foot), driving on a revoked license, unlawful drug paraphernalia and reckless driving.

According to Sheriff Keith Sexton, deputies attempted a traffic stop on an older model Chevrolet van the evening of March 22 on Highway 36 near Ed Martin Road. The van refused to stop and led deputies on a short pursuit to the area of Boone Drive and Boone Avenue Extension. The driver of the vehicle stopped on Boone Drive and fled on foot. The sheriff’s office requested the assistance of the Jonesborough Police Department K9.

K9 Falco and his handler responded to the scene where the driver fled and began a search of the immediate area. A short time later, deputies and K9 officers located Norris hiding in shrubbery near where the vehicle pursuit ended. Evidence found inside the vehicle, and provided by Norris, confirmed that he was the driver of the vehicle who fled from deputies.

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Norris is in the Washington County Detention Center on a $13,000 bond. He appeared in General Sessions Court on March 23.