Man hits two deputies with car while evading arrest

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) - Morristown police were searching Saturday for man who allegedly struck two deputies with a car while trying to avoid arrest.

Jayson Castaneda, 24, hit two Hamblen County deputies while leaving the county courthouse Friday afternoon.

Neither deputy was seriously injured. Castaneda was in court on a charge of failing to appear at a previous court date.

He ran from the courthouse after finding out there was a warrant out for his arrest.

Deputy Bob Schaff, a corrections officer, was sideswiped outside the courtroom when he ran after Castaneda.

Deputy Craig Cloer stepped out in front of the car to try and stop Castaneda, said Wayne Mize, chief deputy with the Hamblen County Sheriffs Department.

"Suddenly, he just mashed it to the floor and nailed Craig," Mize said. Authorities called off the chase after Castaneda left city limits.

He was driving a red 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix belonging to his girlfriend.

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