Clarksville, Tennessee’s Josue Batista charged with evading arrest, reckless driving

Josue Daniel Batista, 18, of Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee, United States is being held at the Montgomery County Jail in Clarksville on a fugitive from justice warrant. It is related to a violation of community control warrant from Seminole County, Florida, USA.

In 2019, Batista was put on community control in Seminole County for larceny, burglary, aggravated assault with a weapon, battery on a person 65 years of age or older and several other offenses. The teenager will remain on active hold for Seminole County until charges are complete in Montgomery County.


On August 19, 2022, Batista, David Sanders, then 18, and another teenager, then 16, drove around the parking lot of West Creek High School in Clarksville and fired a handgun while leaving the grounds. They tried to flee the scene but were quickly identified by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Patrol deputies in the school area.

During a traffic stop, Batista, Sanders and the other teenager were taken into custody. After being adjudicated in Florida, Batista became eligible to be tried as an adult in Tennessee.


At around 5:00 p.m. on January 26, 2023, Batista was driving a vehicle involved in recent shootings at homes in Montgomery County with Sanders in the passenger’s seat. Batista drove off at a high rate of speed when Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies tried to  initiate a traffic stop in the area of Purple Heart Parkway and Fort Campbell Boulevard in Clarksville.

At around 5:10 p.m., deputies found Batista’s car on Moore Hollow Road in Clarksville and tried to initiate another traffic stop. The car crashed shortly after fleeing.

Sanders was immediately arrested while Batista was arrested a few minutes after fleeing into the nearby woods. They were both taken to Tennova Medical Center in Clarksville for further evaluation.

At 9:37 p.m., Batista was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and charged with being a fugitive wanted by another state, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, unlawful removal of registration decal or plate, driving on a suspended/revoked license, carrying weapons on school property and two counts of evading arrest. Sanders was released.

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