A suspect said he "didn't want to spend another Christmas in jail," so he allegedly ran from an officer after a traffic stop Thursday morning.
Michael Anthony Throneberry, 26, of El Bethel Road pulled from a Union Street store into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer, narrowly avoiding a crash by a few feet after the trucker slammed on his brakes, officer David Curley said in a report.
Throneberry turned into a nearby parking lot and was stopped by Curley. When questioned, Throneberry allegedly claimed he had a valid license, then gave a false Social Security number before getting out of his car and running into a wooded area.
Police searched the area for 10 to 15 minutes before officers Tory Moore and Rod Stacy found and arrested Throneberry in Union Station subdivision.
Throneberry told police his license was actually revoked and he feared having to spend the holiday in jail. He was charged with evading arrest on foot, criminal impersonation and being a habitual motor vehicle offender and is being held on $25,000 bond.
A Shelbyville man has been charged with shoplifting a Christmas tree.
Jason Stewart allegedly took the tree on Nov. 25 at Dollar General Market, North Main Street. A manager who saw the theft on a surveillance camera told police he saw Stewart in the store Thursday and detained him until an officer arrived.
Stewart offered to pay for the tree and two 12-packs of soft drinks he was accused of taking, but the manager wanted to prosecute, police said.
A misdemeanor citation for shoplifting was issued by officer Justin Smith.
The driver of a Grand Cherokee proved Jeeps are tough Thursday night.
A witness told police an older model white Grand Cherokee struck, and snapped in half, a utility pole on Deery Street next to a convenience store. The SUV hit and went up a guy wire and the weight of the vehicle snapped the pole, police said.
Broken glass was left behind as the SUV was driven away. Police searched the area and were unable to find the Jeep.
The following were arrested since Thursday by the Shelbyville Police Department, Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts.
*Varina Cozette Cobb, 48, West Lane Street; simple possession of schedule II drug, simple possession of schedule VI drug, possession of drug paraphernalia; released, $3,500 bond
*Jon Brian Eavey, 35, Clardy Road; disorderly conduct; released, $250 bond
*Maury Lynn Endsley, 45, Russellville, Ky.; leaving scene of accident, filing false report; released, $4,000 bond
*Michael Coty Greene, 22, Hendon Memorial Road; driving on revoked license, speeding; released, $250 bond
*McKenzie Drew Hickson, 18, Russell Street; bondsman surrender; held, no bond
*Michael Charles Leverette, 19, Deer Point Road; theft of property; released, $1,000 bond
*Ashley Nashae Marshall, 23, Warners Bridge Road; possession of schedule II drug/conspiracy to distribute; released, $1,500 bond
*Cameron Alexander McKee, 22, Murfreesboro; bondsman surrender; held, no bond
*Stacey Lynn Morsch, 45, New Center Church Road; violation of probation; summons delivered
*Heather Amanda O'Dea, 26, Fairoak Street; possession of schedule VI drug; released, $3,000 bond
*Sherry Denise Proctor, 43, Lane Parkway; possession/sale of schedule II drug, possession of schedule II drug for resale, possession of schedule II drug/conspiracy to distribute; released, $9,000 bond
*Michael Anthony Throneberry, 26, El Bethel Road; evading arrest on foot, criminal impersonation, habitual motor vehicle offender; held, $25,000 bond
*Sergio Jermaine White, 23, Nashville; violation of probation; held, no bond