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Meth and loaded syringes seized after suspect vehicle hits two RPD cruisers

Jeff Bobo • Mar 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Police seized more than 14 grams of meth as well as several loaded syringes Wednesday as a result of a high speed pursuit which ended in a collision with two patrol cars, and two suspects being tasered.

Around 11:37 a.m. Wednesday, Rogersville Police Department Officer Cambren Gibson observed a motorist he knew to have a revoked license behind the wheel of a Honda Civic at the Route 66 McDonald's parking lot.

When Gibson attempted a traffic stop, however, the driver, Cory Joseph Harmon, allegedly accelerated out of the parking lot and onto Locust Street.

Harmon turned onto Armstrong Street, and then crossed Main Street and fled through the NAPA store parking lot onto McMinn Street, Holston Street, and then Standifer Street where he crashed head-on into a patrol car driven by Officer Chris Funk.

Harmon, 24, 1600 Forest Drive, Morristown, then reportedly attempted to back out and struck the front of Gibson's patrol car with his rear bumper.

RPD Chief Doug Nelson said the ramming grill on the front of both police cars were slightly damaged, and the Honda suffered extensive damage.

Harmon then reportedly climbed out the drivers side window of the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, but was quickly taken into custody after being tasered by Gibson.

Harmon's passenger, Dustin Joe Oliver, 27, 857 Prices Grove Road, Rogersville, fled on foot as well. Oliver was taken into custody after a foot chase of about 250 yards, after being chased down and tasered by Gibson.

Oliver was in possession of a red bag around his neck which allegedly contained a total of 14.6 grams of meth packaged in individual baggies for resale.

Gibson also reportedly located several "loaded" syringes in that bag which had tape on the plunger to prevent the liquid — believed to be meth — from being ejected.

Oliver already had two arrest warrants pending for probation violation, and he was additionally charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and evading arrest by foot.

Harmon was charged with felony evading arrest, driving on a revoked license, two registration violations and no insurance.

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