Officer: Traffic stop resulted in brief bid for freedom

11:00 am | November 19, 2013

An Elizabethton Police Department officer said that when a man attempted to flee from a traffic stop Friday afternoon, his flight was short – he described chasing the man “approximately 10 feet” before managing to subdue him.

Patrol Officer Douglas Combs reported that he stopped Tyler Nathaniel Edwards, 21, 1240 Bluefield Ave., Elizabethton, after he watched him enter a white Toyota Camry in the parking lot of J & W Market.

In his report, Combs said he knew from prior experience that Edwards’ license was suspended. After confirming Edwards’ suspension, Combs pulled the vehicle over in the parking lot of Doe River Backhoe on Doe Avenue.

Combs said he told Edwards why he had been stopped, and said Edwards told him his vehicle was not insured. Combs said that when he checked Edwards’ information, he learned that he had two warrants out in Carter County on charges of failure to appear.

After returning to Edwards’ vehicle, Combs asked Edwards to exit and told him he was under arrest.

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