An attempt to serve a Maryville man with a misdemeanor warrant Monday, June 10, ended with an injured deputy, damaged patrol car and several new charges against the man, according to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.
Collier Thomas Gray, 28, Four Mile Road, is being held in lieu of bonds totaling $10,000 on charges of resisting arrest, simple assault on a law enforcement officer, vandalism and introduction of drug paraphernalia into a penal facility, pending a 9 a.m. hearing June 17 in Blount County General Sessions Court.
He also is being held without bond on the original charge of failure to appear on a misdemeanor charge, pending a 1:30 p.m. June 19 in the same court.
Deputies said Gray fled on foot when they attempted to serve an arrest warrant earlier in the day, but in the late afternoon when they found Gray leaving a room, he complied with an order to stop and was taken into custody.
However, deputies reported Gray appeared agitated and was cursing and physically aggressive on the way to the patrol vehicle, attempting to flail about. When Gray jumped in the air a deputy leading him to the vehicle said he released control of the man out of fear for his safety and Gray fell to the ground.
After deputies finished escorting Gray to the vehicle one deputy had a cut on his right hand, “a result of the offender’s dangerous and evasive actions,” according to the BCSO report.
They said Gray defied orders and they were unable to secure him with the seatbelt system. On the way to the Blount County Justice Center, the deputy said, Gray “repeatedly rammed his forehead against the protective partition in my patrol vehicle with enough force to shake the entire vehicle,” and as a result Gray had a slight cut and bruise on his forehead. Deputies stopped and attempted to use a leg restraint but were unable to deploy it, according to their report. Gray struck his head on a partition several more times, deputies reported.
“A multitude of deputies” moved Gray into the Blount County Justice Center’s Adult Correctional Facility. In the rear pf the patrol vehicle deputies reported finding Gray’s blood in several locations and a new cut in the seat where he had been sitting. Damage was estimated at $500.
Deputies said they had been unable to fully search Gray earlier, and once inside the jail correctional deputies found a syringe.