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Blount County man wanted since Easter Sunday arrested

TOWNSEND, Tenn. (WATE) - A Blount County man was arrested Friday night after a search that started on Easter Sunday.

Aaron David Switzer, 48, of Louisville, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated burglary and violating an order of protection.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office first started searching for Switzer Sunday afternoon after they say he deliberately rear-ended a car in Townsend being driven by his ex-girlfriend. She and her mother were sitting at the red light on U.S. Highway 321 at Wears Valley Road when Switzer pulled up beside them, started yelling and then rammed their vehicle in an attempt to cause them to crash.

The woman stopped her vehicle at a church on Bethel Church Road and she and her mother ran inside. Switzer crashed his vehicle and ran into the woods. Townsend police and Blount County deputies and K-9 teams searched for Switzer for several days.

On Thursday evening, a burglary was reported at a home on Bethel Church Road. Food, wine, medication and other items were stolen. Then on Friday morning, deputies and Townsend officers learned a citizen gave Switzer a ride to a grocery store on Wears Valley Road in Sevier County.

Sevier County and Blount County deputies went to the area of the store and searched nearby hotels. He was found sitting on a sofa in a hotel lobby.

Deputies say Switzer admitted to breaking into the home on Bethel Church Road. He was arrested and is being held on $700,000 bond.

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