After two separate pursuit incidents on the evening of Monday, February 25, law enforcement officers have arrested Ronnie Patrick Johnson for numerous criminal offenses.
At approximately 7 p.m., on February 25, a Dunlap police officer observed a northbound Silverado truck illegally pass multiple vehicles on Rankin Avenue, near the area of Wal-Mart, in Dunlap. The officer initiated a traffic stop and the truck pulled over near Mountain Valley Bank. The driver of the truck, later identified as Johnson, exited the truck as the officer pulled in behind him. Johnson then reentered the vehicle and sped away northbound on Hwy 127 at a high rate of speed.
As the truck neared the intersection of Hwy 127 and Rock Creek Road, Johnson braked heavily in what was believed to be an attempt to disable the police vehicle. The officer also braked heavily and avoided a collision by entering the unoccupied southbound lane. Johnson then sped up and rammed the front passenger side of the police car. The officer briefly continued chase but was forced to terminate the pursuit due to vehicle damage. Other Dunlap and Sequatchie County law enforcement officers initiated a search for the truck.
At approximately 8:30 p.m. a Sequatchie County deputy observed the truck southbound on Hwy 127 on the north end of Dunlap. The Deputy initiated a traffic stop and the driver pulled over near the Circle K Gas Station. Johnson exited the truck and brandished a handgun towards the officer. He then reentered the truck and fled southbound on Rankin Avenue.
Deputies, officers and Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers pursued the truck southbound through Dunlap and into the Hudlow Loop area. Johnson continued towards Hwy 28 and left the roadway into a field in attempt to elude officers. Johnson again braked heavily causing a deputies’ vehicle to strike the rear of the truck. He then drove through fences and back southbound onto Hwy 28.
The pursuit then proceeded to West Valley Road, Daus Mountain Road, into Grundy County, and then northbound onto Hwy 399. Grundy County Sheriff’s deputies were notified earlier and also assisted in the pursuit.
While traveling northbound on Hwy 399 Johnson lost control of the truck as he entered a curve. The truck left the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. Officers immediately apprehended Johnson who was found to have been in possession of a loaded pistol and shotgun.
Officers also discovered that Johnson’s five-year-old child was in the truck. The child was examined on scene by Grundy County emergency medical personnel and was found to not be injured. Officers released the child to other family members.
Johnson was examined by emergency medical personnel and transported to Erlanger Sequatchie. He was later transported to Erlanger in Chattanooga for non-life threatening injuries. Upon Johnson’s release, he was arrested and transported to the Sequatchie County Jail.
Johnson faces numerous criminal charges that include multiple counts of aggravated assault, felonious evading arrest, reckless endangerment of a child, and convicted felon in possession of a weapon. Johnson has an initial appearance in Sequatchie County General Session Court on March 13.