The Loudon County Sheriff's Department released the name of the
man who gave one officer a chase last Friday, when he was recognized as someone who had allegedly
had warrants for his arrest while trying to pick up his daughter from North Middle
According to Loudon County Sheriff's Deputy Jim Davis, Daniel Gary Duggan, 34, of
Lenoir City, had a court-ordered warrant issued for his arrest Friday morning on charges of criminal
court capias. The baliff, knowing that Duggan had children at North Middle, phoned School
Resource Officer (SRO) Marty Stanley, who was at the school, to be on the look out, he
Friday, Principal Tim Berry noted the man appeared nervous when Stanley approached him.
The man fled, according to Davis. "Once he came on the property and the deputy approached
him and advised him we do have an active warrant for his arrest . . . he ran toward the children's
playground behind Eaton School," he said.
Stanley ordered Duggan to stop several times, Davis
said. Duggan finally did stop, turning, however, in a "fighting stance" toward the approaching
officer, he said. "The officer took him down to the ground," Davis explained.
While being cuffed by Stanley, Davis said Duggan then attempted to consume what was believed
to be some pills. He was also found in possession of 19 Xanax in a cellophane wrapper, said
A nearby citizen saw the action and rushed to lend assistance. Davis said the
citizen helped restrain Duggan's arms while Stanley completed the arrest. "He really helped
[the officer] out," he said.
Duggan - having drawn the attention of the sheriff's
department, the Lenoir City Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol - was taken by
ambulance to Fort Loudoun Medical Center for a precautionary medical examination, the officer said.
From there, Davis said Duggan was transported to the Loudon County Justice Center, where he
is facing several charges, including: criminal court capias, possession of drug paraphernalia,
possession of schedule IV Xanax in a school zone (which increases the penalty if within 1,000 feet
of property), resisting arrest and evading arrest.