A Memphis man is in custody following incidents of attempted auto theft, burglary and thefts, vandalism and a pursuit involving Newport and Cocke County authorities Thursday morning.
The incident began at 11 p.m. on Wednesday when Patrick Lewis of Detroit told Cocke County Deputy Sgt. Bill Miller, he pulled off of I-40 in Cocke County to get fuel.
While he was stopped, Lewis says he saw a black male, later identified as Austyn Glass, 31, get into the U-Haul truck he was driving, pulling a Dodge mini-van. When confronted, the male intruder exited the U-Haul, got back into his white Nissan and headed west on I-40.
A short time later, Deputy Brock Hannah responded to a burglar alarm at the 440 Truck Stop on Edwina Road. A review of the surveillance video shows the front doors to the business being smashed in by a white Nissan, operated by a black male. Inside the store, the intruder is seen throwing items onto the floor.
When the store received a call from the alarm company, the male answered the phone, before leaving the business. Then he is seen returning back into the store to get a lighter, cigarettes and cigars, before driving away in the white Nissan. Hannah says the damage in the incident is placed at more than $10,500.
A short time later, Newport Sgt. Derek Wright responded to the Weigel’s store on an attempted stolen auto report. He learned Glass had borrowed a stick from a fellow motorist and had smashed two windows from a 2017 Dodge owned by Ida Surya of Lincoln Avenue, Newport.
Upon arrival, Wright saw Glass leaving the convenience store and attempted a traffic stop. The subject was pursued to North Street, where the fleeing Glass struck a Newport cruiser operated by Capt. Brad Ball head-on.
The patrol car sustained only minor damage. The pursuit then continued east on Highway 25/70, where Cocke County Deputy Lt. Michael Whitmer forced the Nissan off the roadway at the Bridgeport bridge. The officer’s cruiser was not damaged.
Glass was then taken into custody and jailed on charges of vandalism over $10,000, vandalism over $500, theft over $500, burglary, burglary of an auto, leaving the scene of an accident, theft over $10,000, evading arrest, reckless driving, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, aggravated assault, felony reckless endangerment and violation of a traffic control device.
His bond is set at $550,000.