A domestic assault call on Sunday, July 6 in La Vergne resulted in a four-agency pursuit and multiple felony charges. James J. Hummer was apprehended in Elkmont, Alabama by the U.S. Marshal’s Middle Tennessee Fugitive Task Force on Tuesday, July 8 and is awaiting extradition back to Tennessee.
La Vergne Police Officer John Hughes responded to an assault call Sunday afternoon and spotted the suspect’s car fleeing the scene. Officer Hughes attempted a traffic stop and a pursuit ensued. Once the vehicle entered Smyrna city limits, the Smyrna Police Department also responded. Both La Vergne and Smyrna terminated the pursuit because of the potential danger to the public. The suspect drove the wrong way on Nissan Boulevard and caused three wrecks in Smyrna. The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office picked up the search after a “Be on the Lookout” (BOLO) was issued. Deputies found the suspect’s wrecked car and a GPS tracker that the suspect removed from his ankle.
The removal of the ankle bracelet triggered notification of the U.S. Marshal Service. Rutherford County Detective Chuck Thomas, who serves with the U.S. Marshal’s Middle Tennessee Fugitive Task Force, said the investigation revealed that Hummer was dropped off in Limestone County, Alabama. The U.S. Marshals in North Alabama surrounded the home and Hummer surrendered.
Some of the charges Hummer will face after extradition include:
- La Vergne - Actively evading arrest, domestic assault, and driving on a revoked license
- Smyrna - Leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving
- Tennessee Department of Corrections - Tampering with a GPS device
Hummer has previously faced charges including: multiple charges of aggravated kidnapping with bodily injury, multiple charges of aggravated assault, assault, and domestic assault, possession of explosives, multiple violations of probation, multiple violations of the sex offender registry, arson, drug, and rape of a child less than 13 years old.
Hummer has lived in several parts of Middle Tennessee, with the most recent documented address in Madison. He is scheduled to appear in Rutherford County General Sessions Court on August 20. Hummer will also appear in court on August 28 regarding the La Vergne charges.