A Lenoir City man was arrested June 11 after he led a Sweetwater Police officer on a chase through the Walmart parking lot.
Sweetwater Officer Jalen Smith said he went to the store on Highway 11 on a call of a man putting items into a black backpack. When he arrived, Smith talked to the manager outside of the store, then both men were informed the man had passed all points of payment and was heading outside.
Smith said the man evaded store security and ran out of the store. Smith told him to stop, but the man ignored him and took off with the backpack containing the alleged merchandise.
Smith said he chased the man through the parking lot, the man dropped the backpack along the way and Smith told him he would be tased if he didn’t stop, and the man responded by running into the woods behind the store.
Smith said he followed the man into the woods until he came to a fence and stopped. Smith said the man turned toward him and he noticed a large knife on his left hip.
Smith said he told the man to get on the ground, but the man just kept coming toward him until Smith used his Taser to put him on the ground.
Smith identified the man as Ronald Yarbrough and said he searched him and found a small pouch containing four needles and two spoons with a burnt residue on them.
Yarbrough, 31, Martel Road, Lenoir City, was charged with evading arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. Walmart told Smith the store would seek shoplifting charges against Yarbrough.
Smith said all of the items in the backpack were returned to Walmart.