Police: Man attempts to flee with weapon after causing crash in downtown Johnson City


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Police say a driver attempted to flee the scene on foot after he caused a three-vehicle crash in downtown Johnson City.

According to Lt. Mike Adams with the Johnson City Police Department, a white Ford sedan ran a red light, resulting in a crash that involved two other cars: a gray Volkswagen SUV and a light-colored minivan.

Adams said that witnesses claim the driver of the white Ford fled on-foot up Buffalo Street armed with an “unidentified long gun” after the wreck. He said the driver of the Ford pointed the gun at several bystanders while trying to escape.

A citizen tackled and disarmed the Ford driver, who was later identified as Anthony James Bray.

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Adams said Bray was left with minor injuries from the tackle, but was otherwise unscathed from the wreck.

Bray has been charged with the following:

  • Aggravated assault
  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Driving under the influence (second offense)
  • Driving on a revoked license
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Unlawful drug paraphernalia

He’s being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center and is scheduled for an arraignment on Friday in Washington County General Sessions Court.

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