Burglar flees, strikes patrol car, runs over spike strips, caught at 2nd person’s home

Roger Dewane Watts, 36, is now held in lieu of a $46,500 bond after a Monday morning chase that involved him fleeing from a burglary, striking a patrol car with his vehicle, running over spike strips, and showing up an another person’s home before being caught.

LEBANON, TN – Around 9:00 a.m. Monday, Wilson County deputies responded to a possible burglary in progress at a residence located on Old Shannon Road. Upon arrival, Deputy Travis Donnell spotted a person matching the description of the suspect located at the residence. The suspect, later identified as Roger Dewane Watts of Murfreesboro, quickly fled the scene in a black Acura by driving through a field, striking a detective’s vehicle and eventually made it back out on Old Shannon Road leading Deputy Donnell on a pursuit.

Sgt. Kyle Wright deployed a stinger spike strip system and was successful in striking the passenger side tires as Watts then proceeded to go westbound on Franklin Road towards Highway 109. The vehicle lost control around the 5100 block of Franklin Road where Watts was quickly taken into custody.

Roger Dewane Watts (WCSO)
Roger Dewane Watts (WCSO)

“The owner of the house immediately contacted 911 when she observed a suspicious person at her residence. She was very observant and gave us pertinent information regarding the description of the suspect,” stated Sheriff Robert Bryan. “Deputy Donnell took the convicted felon into custody.”

Watts was booked into the Wilson County Jail and will face charges of 2 counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, and evading arrest. Pending the outcome of the investigation, Watts may face additional charges. An initial court appearance in General Sessions Court has been set for January 23, 2020.

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