At about 9:10 PM on 03 May 2017, the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a vehicle fleeing the Mason Police Department, traveling toward the Covington city limits. Deputies observed the silver Toyota Camry on Hwy 59S traveling at a high rate of speed. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle on Hwy 59S, however, the driver refused to stop and rammed a patrol cruiser.
Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle near the Square in Covington; however the driver refused to stop and rammed another patrol cruiser. The vehicle was pursued into Lauderdale County, where Lauderdale County authorities joined the pursuit. The suspect returned to Tipton County during the pursuit. The Covington Police Department deployed “stop sticks” and helped to disable the vehicle. The pursuit ended on Hope Street at Tennessee Avenue in Covington. The suspect was taken into custody at the scene. Deputies also located a female and a 2 year old unrestrained child in the vehicle.
The suspect initially provided a false identity to law enforcement. He was later identified as MARTERRIUS JOHNSON, 32, 1228 Darm Avenue of Memphis, Tn. The suspect has been charged with an assortment of charges including Felony Evading Arrest, Aggravated Assault on an Officer, Reckless Endangerment, Resisting Arrest, Child Restraint, Felony Vandalism, Criminal Impersonation and Driving on a Revoked License, among others. He also has active warrants out of Shelby County for two counts of Theft of Property and a Violation of Probation. He has also been charged by the other agencies involved. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is conducting the investigations of both crashes that occurred when the suspect vehicle rammed the Sheriff’s Office cruisers.
“I am thankful that neither citizens nor law enforcement officers were injured during this incident. It is alarming, to say the least, that he would knowingly put his own child at risk. His apprehension was a combined effort of all agencies involved to safely capture him,” said Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley.
This article originally appeared as a press release from Tipton County Sheriff's Office.