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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, Ala., 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, Ala.  The U.S. Marshals in North Alabama surrounded the home and Hummer surrendered.

Some of the charges Hummer faces after extradition include: actively evading arrest, domestic assault, driving on a revoked license, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving, 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 Aug. 20. Hummer will also appear in court on Aug. 28 regarding the La Vergne charges.

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July 09, 2014 at 8:07pm
I find this article very disturbing. Our judicial system have gone wrong in developing a better way of dealing with domestic assaults. In so many cases the victims always turn out getting the short end of the stick by not being fully protected by the local authorities.

In this article, it would seem that this person should not been release from being imprison. He had served time for pass offences and a GPS device was assign to keep track of him, but his problem is his attitude. Maybe he should have been on house arrest with no visitation. I do not think house arrest would have worked.

I must give credit to our local authorities in the way they handle the chase pursuit by terminating the chase, due to the potential danger to the public. This danger would not be if they would keep people like this institutionalize follow by rehabilitation. His criminal record is long and to be allow to re-enter society in which he was not ready, shame on our judicial system. This man at this point is a very extreme high risk to ant state, country, or community. Stop wasting tax payers money and toughen up your laws on repeat offenders.
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