Car Thief Captured After Manhunt in Morgan County

At approximately 1:30pm Monday (5/24/21), a Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a Mercedes traveling at a high rate of speed in the 6000 Block of Knoxville Highway. The Mercedes was stolen out of Knoxville. After a brief physical altercation, the suspect was taken into custody. The Deputy continued with his roadside investigation while he waited on assistance from other officers. The suspect managed to escape custody and fled the scene in the deputy’s patrol vehicle leading local and state law enforcement on a 10–12-minute pursuit that went from the Coalfield community into the edge of Wartburg City and back down Knoxville Hwy where the suspect abandoned the patrol car near Big Mountain Baptist Church.

The suspect is Joshua Lance, a 25-year-old white male from Sevierville. Lance is approximately 6 feet tall and 175lbs. He has Brown hair and Blue eyes with a full beard. He was apprehended around 10:15pm last night about 1/4 mile from Big Mountain Church on Hwy 62.

Several local and state agencies assisted in locating the suspect. Sheriff Potter greatly appreciates the Anderson, Knox, and Roane County Sheriff’s Offices as well as Wartburg and Oliver Springs Police Departments, plus the THP who all provided much needed manpower and equipment.   

Picture Courtesy Goose Lindsay, WECO Radio
Picture Courtesy, Goose Lindsay, WECO Radio

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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