A Hamblen County man, who fled to the Johnson City area following an alleged menacing, knife-assisted encounter with his girlfriend on Saturday, was taken into custody Tuesday and returned to Morristown to face charges of especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated domestic assault and false imprisonment, according to authorities.
Jason J. Short, a 43-year-old convicted crystal-meth dealer who lives on Silver City Road, will be held in the Hamblen County Jail without bond at least until he’s arraigned in general sessions court.
After she was allegedly stabbed, beaten and threatened with murder, Short’s ex-girlfriend, Shasta Pollard, jumped from Short’s Dodge SUV on Silver City Road. Pollard flagged down a motorist, and Short sped away, according to Deputy Chris Sanner.
Sanner reported Pollard’s stab wounds on her left forearm and right hand, broken ribs and a broken finger, along with strangulation marks on her neck and bumps and bruises on her body. She was transported by ambulance to Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System.
The intense disharmony between Short and Pollard on Saturday following an encounter with law enforcement for an unspecified reason. The couple separated for a short time, but the defendant returned and picked up his girlfriend “so they could talk about the argument they were having,” Sanner wrote in an offense report.
The alleged beating started shortly thereafter. Pollard drove to a lake access area off Anderson Bend Road where he allegedly pummeled on her face and body.
“At one point, Mr. Short pulled a black-handle, fixed-blade knife, telling (her) she is going to die,” the offense report states. “(Pollard) then attempted to push the knife away. This is when Mr. Short cut (her) on the right hand and left forearm … (She) made multiple attempts to escape the vehicle, but Mr. Short was able to grab her and drag her back in the vehicle.”
She managed to leap from the SUV after Short resumed driving, according to Sanner.
Prior to his arrest in Carter County on Tuesday, the Tennessee Department of Correction had Short classified as an absconder. He was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2018 after he was convicted of a felony meth-related offense. His sentence isn’t flat until February 2025, according to court records.