Sevier County deputy injured while trying to stop stolen van

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Sevier County Sheriff's deputy was injured while attempting to stop a vehicle after identifying it was stolen.

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, Percy Moore reported his vehicle was stolen after starting the engine to warm up outside a Kodak residence.

Suspects were identified and confronted at a nearby residence in Kodak, where deputies identified what they later confirmed as methamphetamine inside the stolen vehicle.

The suspects inside the vehicle were later identified as Shawn Lowery, Alisha Clabough, Robert Armstrong, and Steven Wright, who was in the driver seat.

Upon initial confrontation, Lowery escaped on foot, while Armstrong entered a separate vehicle with the intention to escape.

Armstrong reversed his vehicle, striking the stolen van which then struck a deputy, injuring his leg. Deputies were then able to stop Armstrong from his attempted escape when deputies threatened to shoot if he did not stop.

Armstrong, Clabough, and Wright were then arrested and are now being held at the Sevier County Jail. Armstrong was charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault, two counts of Evading Arrest (felony and misdemeanor), Theft over $20,000, Conspiracy to commit said theft, Sale of Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to sell said Meth and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Wright was charged with Theft over $20,000, Conspiracy to commit said theft, Sale of Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to sell said Meth and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Lowery is still at large, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.