Man arrested after striking officer with a 12-pack of beer

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com
A 22-year-old man was arrested early Friday morning after he reportedly struck a police officer with a 12-pack of beer while fleeing from a local grocery store where he was allegedly shoplifting.
Daniel Gary Morris, 22, 3213 Gap Creek Road, was arrested by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Mark Roberts and charged with public intoxication, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer. He was additionally served with an outstanding warrant charging him with violation of probation and a capias charging him with failure to appear in court.
According to reports, at approximately 1:18 a.m. Friday, Roberts was approaching the entry door of Ingle's, 768 W. Elk Ave., when he observed Morris running from the store carrying a 12-pack of beer in each hand. Morris was being pursued by store employees who were shouting at him to stop.
I shouted "'Stop! Police officer!' The man responded by throwing a 12-pack of beer at me, striking me in the right leg," states Roberts in his report. "He then began running north through the parking lot and I repeatedly shouted at him to stop. As I was chasing him he turned and threw the other 12-pack of beer at me, striking me in the chest."
At that time, Roberts radioed the 911 Communications Center and advised them he was involved in a foot pursuit, advised his location and direction of travel and asked for assistance from other officers.
"The pursuit continued over the railroad tracks and I caught the man in the middle of West Elk Avenue. As I was taking him into custody, Officer (Jennifer) Mayberry and (Carter County Sheriff's Department) Lt. Rocky Croy arrived and assisted," states Roberts in his report. "The man had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about his person and began cursing at me."
At that time, the subject was identified as Morris and a warrants check revealed that he was wanted on charges of violation of probation and failure to appear in court. Morris was then taken into custody by Roberts and transported to the Carter County Jail by Mayberry.
Roberts then returned to Ingle's to speak with employees of the store regarding the shoplifting incident. The items Morris reportedly had shoplifted from Ingle's were two 12-packs of Bud Light beer, three pairs of socks, a three-pack of Hanes T-shirts and six roses, for a total value of $42.
Morris is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on June 8.