A Clinton man was arrested last week after he tried to flee a traffic stop.
A Clinton police officer spotted a car on Seivers Boulevard last Tuesday night (March 11th) with no expiration year sticker on its license plate and pulled the car over. The officer made contact with the driver, Tylor Allan Lynn Russell of Clinton, who told him that the sticker had fallen off. When the officer asked Russell for his license and registration, he reported that Russell hesitated before telling him that he did not have a driver’s license, instead handing the officer his learner’s permit.
A check with dispatch revealed that the permit was suspended for failing to pay traffic fines in Alcoa and when the officer went back to inform Russell that he was going to be arrested, Russell, according to the report, became “extremely upset and visibly aggravated with me.” When the officer stepped in to try and cuff Russell, he briefly fled on foot, but was apprehended quickly. Officers reported that he initially tried to prevent officers from handcuffing him.
Once he was in custody, Russell calmed down and apologized to the officer and called himself “stupid” for trying to run, admitting that he simply did not want to go to jail.
He was charged with evading arrest and resisting arrest as well as with driving on a suspended license and improper display of registration. The car was released to Russell’s girlfriend, the vehicle’s owner and his front-seat passenger.