William Bernard Lackey

William Bernard Lackey

A Rossville man was arrested on numerous charges after he nearly ran over a Catoosa County sheriff's deputy while trying to leave his house following accusations of domestic violence, police say.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department:

William Bernard Lackey, 58, of 141 Nason St. was arrested Sept. 11 on charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer, battery, speeding, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to maintain lane, fleeing or attempting to elude police, no proof of insurance, and registration requirements.

Lackey has since been released from jail on bond.

Lackey's run-in with police began just after 2:15 a.m. on Sept. 11 when deputy Justin Ruth arrived at Lackey's residence responding to a domestic call.

Ruth says Lackey and a lady named Aritha Dunn were shouting at each other, at which time he asked Lackey to step out onto the porch so he could interview each person individually.

Once outside, Lackey decided he didn't want to stick around to talk.

"Mr. Lackey went to the vehicle that was in the driveway and started to pull out of the driveway to leave the scene," Ruth said. "It was at this point that I was standing in the driveway and had to move out of the way in order to prevent being struck by the vehicle."

Ruth quickly hopped in his patrol car and chased Lackey a little more than three miles into East Ridge, Tenn., where Lackey ultimately pulled into a residence at 1051 South Seminole Drive.

Lackey eventually submitted to deputy Ruth's commands and was placed under arrest.

Lackey claimed he suffered an injury to his wrist during the domestic scuffle earlier in the night, which prompted police request him to get medically evaluated before he could be taken to jail.

After chasing Lackey, Ruth says he went back to the initial incident location to follow up with Dunn, who claimed Lackey had grabbed her by the wrists and arms during their altercation, reports show.

Ruth documented Ms. Dunn's injuries through photographs, but in an ironic turn of events also learned that Dunn herself had an outstanding warrant out of Walker County. Dunn was subsequently arrested as well.

Deputies met with Walker County sheriff's deputies, who took Dunn to their jail for booking.

Later that day, around 4:45 p.m., Lackey showed up at the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office wanting to turn himself in on the charges from earlier that day after not being transported to jail due to needing medical clearance.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.