DA: Gang member fled during jury deliberations

The jury convicted Roshaun Dinal Colbert of evading arrest, reckless endangerment and attempted tampering with evidence.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant Wednesday morning for a convicted felon who ran from a courthouse during jury deliberations.

Roshaun Dinal Colbert, 36, was convicted of evading arrest, reckless endangerment and attempted tampering with evidence. He did not return for the announcement of the jury’s guilty verdict.

 “This brazen career criminal has a violent criminal history and should be considered armed and dangerous,” said Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen in a news release.

Colbert faces a minimum 12-year prison sentence for this case.

The charges stem from an Aug. 3, 2014, arrest when Colbert nearly struck a police officer with his vehicle. On that date, Knoxville police officers were investigating a stabbing on the 2700 block of East Magnolia Avenue. An officer approached a parked vehicle with Colbert in the driver’s seat. The officer smelled marijuana and saw several baggies on Colbert’s lap.

Colbert then turned the wheels towards the officer and accelerated quickly. The officer had to jump out of the way of the vehicle, according to Allen’s release.

Law enforcement officers took Colbert into custody after he sped away, lost control of the vehicle and crashed.

Colbert has six prior felony convictions for attempted second-degree murder, reckless endangerment and four prior convictions for aggravated assault.

Authorities also identified Colbert as a gang member.

Anyone with information on Colbert’s whereabouts is asked to call the Knoxville Police Department at (865)215-7212.

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