Man stabs himself in attempt to elude arrest

From Staff Reports

   Law enforcement officers apprehended a man Thursday on outstanding warrants and a new charge of resisting arrest after he cut and stabbed himself during arrest procedures.
   Rodney Joe Eller, 28, 879 U.S. Highway 91, was taken into custody on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on charges of driving on a suspended license, DUI, resisting arrest and two counts of assault.
   According to reports, officers with the Carter County Sheriff's Department arrived to serve the warrant on Eller and were told he was not at the residence. After searching the home, officers found him hiding in a closet.
   "After getting him out of the closet, the subject asked and was allowed to put clothing on," CCSD Sgt. Patrick Johnson states in his report. "While getting dressed, the subject appeared to become agitated and was told to place his hands behind his back, which he refused (to do) and pulled away from Deputy (Kevin) Cable."
   Eller then grabbed a nearby knife and turned toward the officers, who drew their firearms.
   "At which point 'Eller turned the knife on himself and began cutting his wrist,'" the report states.
   Officers used pepper spray to subdue Eller, but he began stabbing himself in the stomach. Officers had to force the knife out of his possession, according to reports, and use force to restrain him.
   Eller was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center for treatment of his self-inflicted injuries. He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on June 2 to face the new charge of resisting arrest. He was also served with two outstanding warrants from Johnson County.