Jesse Lloyd Woods, 24.
A Texas man, who was noticed by Kingsport police for having his SUV on a closed road, has been arrested after allegedly attempting to strike a patrol officer with his vehicle.
Jesse Lloyd Woods, 24, of Houston, Texas, is charged in the early Tuesday morning incident with aggravated assault, evading arrest, driving under the influence and driving on a closed road. A Kingsport Police Department arrest report says an officer in the area of Tri-Cities Crossing, at the Interstates 26 and 81 interchange, observed a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse at the end of a closed, barricaded road.
The officer approached the vehicle and activated the lights on his squad car. The Chevrolet's driver, later identified as Woods, allegedly "made several attempts to turn his vehicle around" — ending up sideways on the closed road.
Despite the squad car's flashing lights and verbal commands to stop via loudspeaker, Woods allegedly put his vehicle in reverse and attempted to back up an embankment. When that failed, according to the arrest report, Woods flashed his lights and "accelerated heavily" towards the police car.
The officer reports driving to the left of the roadway to avoid an imminent collision, with Woods fleeing the scene. A description of his vehicle was then broadcast to other units.
Approximately 15 minutes later the Tennessee Highway Patrol conducted a stop of Woods' vehicle on I-81 south. He was arrested and charged by the THP for driving under the influence.
Woods was then transported to the Kingsport city jail and charged in the Tri-Cities Crossings incident. As of Wednesday afternoon he remained held in Kingsport.