Newport police say tear gas had to be used Monday to make the arrest of a Newport resident.
According to Newport patrol officer Joshyua Shults, he attempted a traffic stop of John Dillon Dorsey, 28, Musterfield Road, because he knew Dorsey was wanted on outstanding warrants. The subject fled from East Highway 25/70 on to Jimtown Road, where the suspect stopped and fled on foot into a wooded area. Although the area was searched, Dorsey could not be found.
At 10:30 p.m., Shults learned Dorsey was at his residence. Officers entered the home, and as they entered the bedroom of the subject, he was seen going through a hole in the floor of the bedroom.
An effort was made to persuade Dorsey to surrender and eventually K9 Narco was sent into the crawl space of the home to bring out the suspect. However, the floor was too close to the ground and the dog was unable to reach Dorsey. Eventually, representatives of the Newport/Cocke County SWAT team responded to the scene and Deputy Sgt. Jonathan Ochs deployed tear gas into the crawl space. The gas forced Dorsey to retreat back into his bedroom, where he was taken into custody.
Now the suspect is charged with two counts evading arrest.