Knoxville — Christian Diaz Carmona, 40, of Knoxville, is accused of stealing a vehicle and injuring a police officer during an incident Thursday night.
On Aug. 16, Knoxville Police responded to a report of a stolen car, around 8 p.m. Carmona allegedly drove the vehicle to the 2200 block of T-17, where the car crossed the center line and struck another vehicle. He attempted to flee on foot, but lost a shoe, according to court documents.
Pella Policeman Dustin Schuldt spoke to witnesses, who provided a description that matched Carmona. The suspect was spotted on a gravel road near the accident scene.
When officer Schuldt attempted to arrest him, Carmona allegedly used his leg to try to trip the officer, but was unsuccessful. He is accused of continuing to fight the officer, allegedly attempting to take some spray out of law enforcement's hands. Schuldt handled the spray off to a bystander before the suspect could get it. He grabbed Carmona's hands and was able to cuff him. Schuldt sustained an injury to his right elbow in the struggle.
Carmona is charged with operating without consent, interference with official acts, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to maintain control, no insurance and assault on a peace officer.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28 at 9:30 a.m.