Chattanooga man tries to pepper spray officer during car break-in
A Chattanooga man tried to pepper spray a police officer during an arrest early on New Year's Day.
Police say 32-year-old Justin Conner was spotted when police responded to a car burglary call after midnight on Douglas Street. Conner and another suspect were seen breaking into a silver Jeep Wrangler, according to police.
Police confronted Conner and ordered him to drop the backpack and jacket he was carrying at the time, and to place his hands on the hood of the CPD patrol car.
Conner didn't comply, according to the arrest affidavit, and reached around in an attempt to spray the officer with pepper spray.
Conner then tried to run but was hit by the officer's stun gun, which stopped Conner's effort to flee.
As Conner fell, he struck his head requiring a trip to a local hospital for examination and treatment.
Police later discovered the backpack Conner was carrying belonged to the Jeep's owner and was returned.
The also found the Jeep's ignition had been tampered with, with the column broken and wires exposed.
Police say they also found a vaping device with THC oil inside.
Conner was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and may face additional charges.