Court visit ends in felony charges

From Staff Reports

   An Elizabethton man was arrested Friday morning on felony reckless endangerment charges after he allegedly attempted to flee the General Sessions Court office upon learning of an outstanding warrant against him.
   According to a report by Carter County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Keith Range, Richard D. Martin, 22, of 223 Bowers Lane, was at the Sessions Court office Friday afternoon when deputy clerks advised him there was an outstanding warrant against him. Clerks also told Martin there was a $400 cash bond on the warrant.
   Martin reportedly told court clerks he would have to go to the bank to get the money. According to statements taken from office employees, Martin stated the money was in someone's else account and he would have to contact them to get the money. According to the police report, clerks permitted Martin to use the telephone and he appeared to make several telephone calls.
   According to statements from deputy clerks Linda Proffitt and Renate Bennett, Martin quickly fled the office, entered his vehicle and attempted to flee the Courthouse Annex parking lot. Proffitt and Bennett followed Martin into the parking lot and attempted to block his exit. Range reported that Martin allegedly tried to hit both women with the vehicle. Neither Proffitt nor Bennett were struck by the vehicle, according to the report.
   Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency Officer Jeff Prater observed the incident and began a vehicle pursuit of Martin. According to Range's report, he managed to elude Prater on Broad Street. Martin was later apprehended at his residence by Range, along with deputies Brad Hamm and Janice Black.
   Martin is charged with two counts of felony reckless endangerment and felony evading arrest. He was also served with the capias charging him with failure to appear on a charge of driving on a suspended license.
   He is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on July 19.