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UPDATE: Bluff City man arrested after escape from deputy - TriCities.com: News

UPDATE: Bluff City man arrested after escape from deputy

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Posted: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 8:01 pm | Updated: 12:56 am, Mon Dec 24, 2012.

UPDATE - 2/3/11 

Captain Keith Elton with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office said Steven Alan Hillard was arrested late Wednesday night in Washington County, Va.

Elton said the Sheriff's Office will release more information later today.

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A handcuffed man escaped a trip to jail around 4 p.m. Wednesday after dodging a sheriff’s deputy, diving into a nearby car, and racing from his probation officer’s parking lot, authorities said.

Steven Alan Hillard, 28, of Bluff City, Tenn., initially faced a probation violation on marijuana charges when arrested at a Blountville probation and parole office on state Route 394.

But that was before Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Hagy said he had to shoot at the car Hillard steered as it nearly backed over people before switching gears and zooming away.

Now, the vanished Hillard is charged with four counts of aggravated assault, felony evading arrest, theft under $500, and violation of habitual traffic offender law.

The probation and parole office had an arrest warrant on a charge of violating his probation for criminal conspiracy to sell more than 10 pounds of marijuana.

Bristol, Va., Circuit Court online records show Hillard received a six-month suspended sentence on March 5, 2010, after pleading guilty to felony marijuana possession with intent to distribute.

Bristol, Va., General District Court online records also show he received a 12-month suspended sentence on Sept. 23, 2010, after pleading guilty to simple assault and battery.

Hillard was last seen Wednesday in a white Mitsubishi Lancer, a report states, heading toward Bristol on Interstate 81.

Hagy said he was about to seat Hillard in the back of a police cruiser when he bolted through the parking lot, pushed aside a probation officer and jumped into a car.

Hillard spun through the lot in reverse, the report states, nearly hitting his own girlfriend, two probation officers, and Hagy.

That’s when Hagy reported drawing his pistol and firing at the car in an attempt to disable it.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office at (423) 279-7500.

mowens@bristolnews.com

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