Strawberry Plains man charged with running from, hitting Knox County deputy

James Rivera (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

STRAWBERRY PLAINS (WATE) – A Strawberry Plains man who was wanted on outstanding warrants faces new charges after the Knox County Sheriff’s Office says he ran from a deputy and then punched him in the head.

James Rivera, 32, was served with outstanding warrants of aggravated burglary and theft. He now faces charges of resisting arrest, driving on a revoked license and assault. Other charges may be pending.

A deputy was called to a report of a suspicious person on McMillan Road near Huckleberry Springs Road in East Knox County and spotted Rivera on a motorcycle speeding without a license plate. The officer turned on his lights and siren, but says Rivera didn’t stop.

Rivera then, according to deputies, sped up and ran a stop sign at MicMillan and Wooddale Church Road before losing control of the bike and laying it down on its side. Rivera then ran off.

After a short foot chase, the officer was able to take Rivera down, but he fought back and hit the deputy in the head and arm. The officer fired his Taser and took Rivera into custody.

Rivera is being held without bond.

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