Suspect flees Cheatham County courthouse after bond revoked

Suspect flees Cheatham County courthouse after bond revoked (Image 1)

Authorities in Cheatham County are searching for a suspect who fled from courthouse officials after a judge revoked his bond Monday morning and he was placed under arrest.

Police said Dennis Scruggs, of Chapmansboro, was indicted in August on a theft charge and appeared in a Cheatham County courtroom for an arraignment hearing Monday.

As he was being taken to the jail, Scruggs, 46, got away from security officers and fled.

Ashland City police Chief Marc Coulon told Nashville's News 2 Scruggs tried to run over a sheriff's deputy who fired one shot in his direction, hitting a tire of the vehicle.

Nearby Ashland City Elementary School was placed on lockdown as a precaution.

Scruggs remains on the loose.

His vehicle was found a short distance from the courthouse with a flat tire.

Scruggs is described as a white male, approximately six feet tall with brown hair, a trimmed beard and mustache and green eyes.

He was last seen wearing a maroon long-sleeved button-up shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call Ashland City police at 615-792-5618 or Cheatham County dispatchers at 615-792-2098.

In Nashville, Scruggs' criminal history dates back to 1999 and includes theft, assault and vandalism charges.

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