ROGERSVILLE — A Mooresburg man, who was out of jail on bond on a prior charge, and who was wanted for two counts of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder as well as numerous other charges after he allegedly struck a county patrol car with his vehicle and almost hit two others as he was fleeing from the scene of a reported motor vehicle crash in which shots were reportedly fired, is now in custody.
Sheriff Ronnie Lawson told the Review on Thursday, July 4, that Jason Cheyenne Collins, 34, was in custody. No other details were available at the time.
Sheriff Lawson said in an earlier news release that about 8:24 p.m. on Tuesday evening, July 2, 2019, Hawkins Co. Deputies were dispatched to Short Road in reference to said incident.
When deputies arrived on scene, they observed a green Honda Civic sitting behind a residence, at the dead end of Short Road, Lawson said.
“Cpl. Stacy Vaughn attempted to make contact with the male driver, Lawson said in a statement to the Review. “As Cpl. Vaughn was approaching the said vehicle, the driver, later identified Jason C. Collins, age 34, of 228 Clover Circle, Mooresburg, then accelerated the vehicle, in his direction.
“Cpl. Vaughn, in fear for his life, drew his service weapon and fired two shots in the direction of the oncoming vehicle as he was retreating. The vehicle continued west on Short Road where it struck a parked patrol car, occupied by Deputies Daniel DesOrmeaux and Jesse Harrell, and almost striking Dep. Raymond Owens with his vehicle. At this time, Dep. Owens fired one shot from a 12-gauge shotgun while retreating from the path of the vehicle, with the round striking the vehicle.”
The vehicle then crashed at the intersection of Short Road and Slate Hill Road, Lawson said, with Collins fleeing the scene on foot.
A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded 380-caliber handgun.
Collins is wanted for two counts of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder as well as numerous other charges. He is currently out of jail on $1,000 bond for a prior Aggravated Assault charge in Hawkins County.
The Tenn. Highway Patrol and the Tenn Bureau of Investigation are assisting with the investigation, the Sheriff said.