More than 200 miles to the east of Clarksville, a 28-year-old Tennessee man was arrested for a violent crime after he allegedly tried to flee police and then scuffled with an officer. The man had been pulled over by the Knoxville officer, who then said he noticed the odor of marijuana.
The officer apparently suffered a knee injury during the scuffle that occurred just after nine in the morning at an apartment complex.
The officer had pulled the man's blue Chevy Caprice over at the apartments. The man behind the wheel apparently didn't possess a driver's license, according to police and the officer "could smell marijuana emanating from the car," according to a spokesperson.
The man then allegedly tried to run. The officer gave chase on foot, three times struggling with the suspect, as the officer tried to place the man under arrest.
The man was eventually taken into custody in the apartment complex by other officers responding to the officer's call for assistance.
The defendant now faces a long list of charges, including aggravated assault, evading arrest, resisting arrest, a violation of the drug-free school zone law and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Clearly, an arrest for aggravated assault requires a serious legal defense. A conviction on the charge, or another violent crime accusation, often means time behind bars. It also means that the person convicted will have to try to explain their criminal record in the future when applying for jobs.
It can also mean the loss of the right to possess guns, and for a soldier, it can mean an early exit or other sanctions from the military.
Source: Officer.com, "Tenn. Man Charged in Scuffle With Injured Officer," June 10, 2012