20-year-old Tristen McClanahan was charged with aggravated assault, two counts of theft of property, vandalism, and evading arrest after reportedly stealing a work truck, fleeing from police, and destroying multiple mailboxes in the process.
On November 16th, Auxiliary Probation Service Officers responded to a motor vehicle theft at 4060 Tesslan Road. They were advised by Roy Burcham that Tristen got into his work vehicle, a 2015 Ford F150 with a trailer full of steel pipes, and drove off. Roy reportedly tried to stop him, but as Tristen pulled away, Roy was struck by the vehicle and fell to the ground.
A witness, Presley Summerhill, saw the stolen truck without the trailer in the area of Egypt Central Road and Raleigh Millington Road and called the Memphis Police Department. The officers located the truck in the described area and turned on their emergency lights in an attempt to get Tristen to stop the vehicle. Per the affidavit, he refused to stop and continued westbound on Land’s End Drive, damaging multiple mailboxes in the neighborhood and a ground generator box before stopping at the dead-end of the street. He then attempted to flee the vehicle on foot before he was detained without further incident. Tristen was placed into custody and transported to the Austin Peay police station. He waived his rights and reportedly admitted to the above incidents. The total estimated cost of damages amounted to $15,300.
Tristen McClanahan was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, two counts of theft of property, vandalism, and evading arrest. He is currently jailed in lieu of a $25,000 bond.