Troopers Help Nab 2 Fugitives

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Interdiction Plus Team and Knoxville District troopers stopped and arrested two fugitives from justice in Campbell County on Thursday night. Local law enforcement officials assisted in the effort.

Quovadis Darion Arrington, 23, of Acworth, Ga., and Jumar DeVon Greer, 19, of Woodstock, Ga., were wanted by Cherokee County Ga., authorities for homicide and carjacking. They were arrested by Tennessee State Troopers and charged with being fugitives from justice.

Trooper Adam Bowman, with the THP’s East Bureau Interdiction Team, stopped a 2007 Dodge Magnum for speeding (75 mph in a 65 mph zone) on Interstate 75 northbound at the 75 mile marker at approximately 7:34 p.m. Thursday.  Upon the initial contact, the occupants indicated that they were en route to Chicago, Ill. However, Trooper Bowman discovered discrepancies in their story, which led to further investigation.

He ran a validation check on both occupants’ driver’s licenses that returned with a non-extraditable offense on Greer. After the occupants refused consent to search the vehicle, Trooper Bowman requested a K-9 to respond to the scene. A team with the Loudon County Sheriff’s Department arrived and the K-9 did not alert on the vehicle. Trooper Bowman then issued a warning citation for speeding and released the vehicle.

Roughly 20 minutes later, the Knoxville District Dispatch Center received a “be on the lookout” (BOLO) for a suspect vehicle wanted in a carjacking and homicide in the Cherokee County jurisdiction. It was the same vehicle and suspects that Bowman had stopped moments ago.

Dispatchers then called out the BOLO to Tennessee State Troopers and communicated with Cherokee County officials and local law enforcement agencies about the suspects’ potential whereabouts. Meanwhile, Trooper Brad Keaton of the Knoxville District was conducting stationary observation on Interstate 75 northbound at mile marker 112. He noticed the suspect vehicle traveling northbound a short time after the BOLO.     

Trooper Keaton traveled behind the suspect vehicle until back up units arrived.  Anderson County officials stopped all northbound traffic several miles before the planned traffic stop, while Campbell County authorities were in place to assist during the traffic stop. 

Trooper Keaton and THP Lieutenant Johnny McDonald initiated the traffic stop on Interstate 75 northbound at the 140 mile marker in Campbell County at approximately 9:17 p.m. They apprehended the two suspects without incident.

“This was a perfect example of the capabilities of our agency,” THP Colonel Tracy Trott said.  “From the dispatchers to the interdiction team to the road troopers, everyone worked together to apprehend two dangerous suspects and allow justice to be served. We also thank the local law enforcement authorities for working with us and helping to keep the public safe,” he added.

Arrington and Greer were taken to the Campbell County Jail, where they will await extradition. 


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