Sullivan County

Man wanted after fleeing interstate accident found

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. - A man wanted after fleeing an accident on the interstate Monday morning has been caught.

Tennessee State Troopers arrested and charged Michael Widneer of Washington County, Virginia with several felonies, including possession a felony amount of marijuana, initiation of methamphetamine, and felony fugitive from justice out of Virginia. Widneer was also charged with criminal impersonation, identity theft, resisting stop halt and frisk.

Widneer's vehicle crashed near mile marker 56 on Interstate 81 around 9 a.m. Monday; he then got out of the car and fled from the scene on foot.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol and several other law enforcement agencies searched the area using helicopters and K-9s.

Investigators received a call Tuesday from a Sullivan County construction site, where workers were approached by a 'very soiled and scratched man who was acting very nervous and erratic.' The workers stated that the man attempted to take a cell phone from one of them.

When officers responded to the site, they saw Widneer running down the street. He stopped running and told a Kingsport officer, "I'm the guy you're looking for."

A state trooper took Widneer to the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department. Authorities from Virginia will seek extradition of Widneer.

He is charged in Virginia with failure to appear on charges of manufacturing schedule 1 and 2 drugs.

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