Police: Fleeing Suspect Was Armed

Huntsville, TN (2018-12-31) A Huntsville man that was reportedly attempting to elude capture was reportedly armed with .22 caliber rifle.

Pete W. Lawson, 29, of Huntsville was booked early Friday morning after authorities say he ran from a Sheriff’s Deputy who was attempting to stop him on a traffic violation.  According to an arrest warrant filed by Deputy Casey Geisler of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Lawson reportedly blew through a stop sign at the intersection of Scott High Drive and Glass House Road.  When he attempted to stop him, Lawson allegedly fled.  Authorities say that Lawson sped down Low Gap Road, where he reportedly lost control of his SUV.

Lawson reportedly overdrove a curve in the 1400 block and his vehicle landed in a large ditch on the right side of the road.  Authorities say that Lawson attempted to continue to flee, driving back and forth in the ditch trying to get out.  When Lawson lowered his window, Deputy Geisler says the butt of a long rifle was visible through the open window.  He then deployed his taser, but the barbs reportedly struck the window and the top of the vehicle.

Deputy Geisler reportedly returned to his patrol car and moved it to box Lawson’s vehicle in to prevent him from getting back on the road.  After almost flipping his SUV, Lawson reportedly again rolled down his window.  Deputy Geisler seized the opportunity and dragged Lawson from the vehicle and cuffed him.

Lawson was charged with felony evading arrest, resisting arrest, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, speeding, failure to stop for stop sign, and violation of the financial responsibility law.