Jackson charged with assaulting deputy

Jason Jackson

A Murfreesboro man is charged with Aggravated Assault on an Officer after nearly striking an Overton County deputy with an automobile Saturday night.

According to Overton County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Tim Reagan was on patrol around 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9 when he saw a black Honda Accord traveling south on Highway 111 with “busted taillights and no license plate with another car seeming to be following to block the view.”

Dep. Reagan turned on his blue lights to make a traffic stop on the Honda, and the other car drove away.

“I made contact with the driver, Jason Dewayne Jackson, in the parking lot of HWY 111 Tire, where it stopped,” Dep. Reagan reported.

Upon checking Jackson’s license, it came back suspended, and then Dep. Reagan ran the VIN number of the car and it came back as not having insurance.

“I went back up to the driver’s side and told Jackson to shut the car off,” Dep. Reagan reported. “Jackson said, ‘Do you mean for me to turn it off?’.

“I said, ‘Yes.’

“Jackson then put one hand on the wheel, grabbed the gear shift with the other, put the car in gear, then put that hand on the wheel and cut the car in my direction and sped off, almost running over my feet.”

Dep. Reagan then began pursuit, which continued down Highway 111 into Putnam County through Algood city limits and on into Cookeville city limits and then back onto Highway 111 where, after running over spike strips earlier in the pursuit had blown out a tire, the Honda crossed the median and drove into oncoming traffic before coming to a stop, with Jackson jumping out and running on foot with several officers ordering him to stop.

Jackson was found a short time later by Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Jackson, 24, is charged with Aggravated Assault on a Law Officer, Felony Evading Arrest in a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Endangerment, Driving on a Suspended License, and Evading Arrest.