Sheriff Proves To Be More Wiley Than Thomas

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Cannon County Sheriff’s officers trapped a man recently who kept running into the woods in an attempt to elude arrest.

Deputy Tommy Barker was dispatched to 740 Jim Town Rd. on April 11 in reference to an unwanted guest. Upon arrival he spoke with Carol Barrett, who stated that Wiley Thomas was drunk and acting crazy and she wanted him out of her house.

Barrett stated Thomas was walking around the back yard of her residence. When Deputy Barker went to the back yard to speak with Thomas, he could hear someone running through the wooded area behind the home. After several minutes of searching, Deputy Barker returned to the residence to interview Barrett.

Barrett informed Deputy Barker that Thomas had witnessed his patrol unit as it pulled up to the residence, and had left through the back door. She said Thomas had marijuana in his possession and that was the reason he did not want to speak to the cops.

Barrett then stated Thomas might be heading to the old abandoned house at the bottom of the hill on Jim Town Rd. Deputy Barker advised Barrett he would try to locate Thomas and that if he was to return to notify Cannon County Dispatch.

Deputy Barker left and drove through the area. He did not make contact with Thomas. He was then advised by dispatch Thomas had returned to the residence and went into the back bedroom and fell asleep. When Deputy Barker arrived for the second time, Thomas again fled to the wooded area out back.

During this time Sheriff Darrell Young arrived on the scene. Following discussion of the situation, Sheriff Young had Deputy Barker patrol down the road to try and make contact with Thomas while Sheriff Young stayed at the residence, hoping that Thomas would see Deputy Barker leave so he could return to the residence. A few moments later Sheriff Young radioed and advised Deputy Barker he had Thomas in custody and they were at the rear door of the residence.

During a search of Thomas, a marijuana joint was found in a pill bottle located in the right hand pocket of his jacket. Deputy Barker placed Thomas in the rear of his patrol car and transported him to the Booking Room of the Cannon County Jail. He wrote arrest warrants for evading arrest and simple possession of a Schedule VI drug.

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