NEWPORT—A Newport man is facing several charges following a foot pursuit on Thursday, July 25. The male is also under investigation regarding another incident in which he allegedly held two males at gunpoint Monday evening.
Newport Police Officials identified the male as Deekota M. Price, 21, Whipperwill Way. He was charged with aggravated burglary, theft of $1,000-$10,000, fleeing to evade arrest, reckless endangerment, and vandalism.
On Monday, July 23, Captain Brad Ball was dispatched to Knights Inn to speak with two males regarding an incident in which they were allegedly held at gunpoint.
Upon arrival, officers spoke with Brandon Wilson, 20, Morristown, and Nicholas Gibson, 18, Newport. The two males advised they agreed to give Price a ride after he contacted Wilson via Facebook.
At that time, Wilson said he drove Price to several different locations throughout Newport. While on their way to the area of Dirt Way, Wilson said Price was in possession of a handgun and allegedly made threats to harm them if they did not comply with his demands.
According to the report, while en route on North Street, Wilson said Price fired the gun at a blue Cadillac that was parked on the street. Wilson said he kept driving and Price fired two more shots from the vehicle.
Upon arrival at a residence on Dirt Way, Wilson said Price went inside for a few minutes, but returned and demanded they take him to the Marathon gas station on West Broadway. Once they arrived to the gas station, Wilson said they left while Price was inside the store.
Wilson said over the course of the night, Price pointed the firearm at him and Gibson and made several threats.
Capt. Ball said he obtained verbal consent to search the vehicle where he found the suspected firearm that belonged to Price along with a baggie that contained 1.5 grams of marijuana. Price was not present at the scene during the initial investigation.
Price taken into custody:
On Thursday, Patrolman Chris Silvers reported he was patrolling Rankin Road when he spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen earlier that day from a Larmie Circle residence.
Ptl. Silvers caught up to the vehicle, driven by Price, on Jefferson Avenue where he attempted to initiate a traffic stop. However, Price reportedly pulled into a residence on Jefferson Avenue and fled the vehicle on foot toward Woodlawn Avenue.
A brief foot pursuit ensued and Price was apprehended without further incident.
According to the report, as officers returned to the scene on Jefferson Avenue, they noted that Price left the vehicle in drive and the vehicle had rolled into the metal frame carport causing damage.
A search of the vehicle revealed a baggie of marijuana.
Price was arrested and transported to the Cocke County Jail Annex.
According to Newport Police Detective Josh Holt, the incident on Monday night is still under investigation.