Felon wanted for running from Mt. Juliet officer during traffic stop

James Clifford (Courtesy: Mt. Juliet Police Department)
James Clifford (Courtesy: Mt. Juliet Police Department)

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – Police are searching for a Madison man who ran from a Mt. Juliet officer during a traffic stop on Friday.

Mt. Juliet police reported an officer attempted to stop James Clifford, 47, on Lebanon Road around 2:30 p.m. because his registration tag did not match the vehicle he was driving.

When Clifford did not stop for the officer, he followed him until Clifford drove his car into a field on Sunset Driver near North Mt. Juliet Road, where he reportedly jumped from his vehicle and ran into the woods.

Multiple officers searched the area for Clifford but he was unable to be located. The search was called off once officers obtained Clifford’s identification.

An investigation into Clifford revealed he was driving on a revoked license and is on parole for multiple felonies, including reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, drug offenses, theft and evading arrest.

Warrants for Clifford’s arrest have been filed for evading arrest and violating the habitual offender law.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mt. Juliet police at 615-754-TIPS.

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