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Kingsport, Tennessee’s Brandon Holmes arrested after almost striking Mount Carmel cop Hunter Jones

Brandon Holmes (©Hawkins County Jail)

Brandon Holmes (©Hawkins County Jail)

Brandon Holmes, 26, of Kingsport, Tennessee, United States has been arrested. The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office in Rogersville, Hawkins County, Tennessee charged him with felony evading arrest, felony reckless endangerment, speeding 21 mph over the limit, driving left of center, driving on a revoked license third offense, reckless driving and three counts of red light violation.

Shortly before midnight on February 25, 2021, Holmes was driving a 2002 Honda Accord that was swerving all over the road while travelling in Church Hill, Hawkins County, Tennessee, according to HCSO deputy Isaac Hutchins. The deputy said he tried to initiate a traffic stop but Holmes failed to stop at red lights while traveling in excess of 100 mph.

Later, Holmes almost struck Mount Carmel Police Department (MCPD) officer Hunter Jones, who was conducting an unrelated traffic stop at the Lewis Lane intersection in Kingsport, Kingsport Times News reported. Before entering Sullivan County, Tennessee, Holmes allegedly ran the red light at Netherland Inn Road in Kingsport.

Jones joined the MCPD in December 2016 after earning his associate’s degree in criminal justice and became the department’s lone reserve officer in January 2017. He is the son of former Mount Carmel mayor Chris Jones.

 

After almost striking Jones on February 25, 2021, Holmes turned left onto Bloomingdale Pike in Kingsport and continued to drive recklessly and refused to stop, according to Hutchins. The suspect later on came back onto the highway, swerved into the deputy’s patrol car and rammed into its rear end twice.

When the 2002 Honda Accord came to a stop, Holmes allegedly exited the vehicle and fled on foot. He threw a .32-caliber handgun into a ditch filled with water before his arrest, according to Hutchins.

Holmes is expected to face more charges in Sullivan County. He was booked into the Hawkins County Jail, a medium-security detention center in Rogersville that holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing.

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