The Knoxville Police Department arrested a man Tuesday after they say he hit an officer while trying to flee.
Jason Romines, 25, of Corryton, is charged with aggravated assault on an officer, felony evading arrest in a vehicle, evading arrest on foot, driving on a suspended license, violation of vehicle registration anf theft. He was already wanted for burglary in Knox County.
Police say Officer Nick Ferro and Officer Richard Bouruff were sent to a call at Washington Baptist Church, 1700 Washington Pike, about a man who may have been trying to steal the basketball post. When Officer Ferro, he saw the suspicious man, identified as Romines, sitting in the driver’s seat of a car with the door open. A check of the licensed plate showed the tag was stolen.
As Ferro was trying to take Romines in custody, police say Romines sped out of the parking lot, hitting Ferro with the vehicle, and knocking him to the ground.
The vehicle was found a few minutes later at an apartment complex in the 3000 block of Washington Pike. Officers with the Knoxville Police Department, KPD Organized Crime Unit, U.S. Marshals Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force, and search and rescue K9 Barnabas were able to track the suspect to Buffet Mill Road and Haun Street where he was arrested.
Officer Ferro was not seriously hurt, but was checked out by medical staff.