Meigs County crash suspect behind bars

Cleveland, Tenn. (WDEF) – It’s been 5 days since the tragic crash in Meigs County that left 4 people dead and a man on the run. Now, that man is behind bars in Bradley County.

“He was very remorseful. Very sorry what happened. He was scared. He ran,” said Bernnie King. King works for Bright’s Bail Bonding.

But now John Bennett is behind bars and in Bradley County’s custody.

“He surrendered himself to me this morning.”

Bennett met King, who works for Bright’s Bail Bonding at an Exxon gas station along Exit 20 in Bradley County.

King then brought Bennett to the Bradley County Jail.

“Him having charges pending – I have all grounds under the Tennessee Statue to do a certified bond copy and revoke his bond and surrender him to the Bradley County Jail,” said King. She continued, “I had some contacts with some people the past couple of days.that had contact with him. And they called me. It was probably around, between 1 and 1:30 this morning.”

Bennett had been on the run since Friday’s tragic crash that killed 4 people.

King says that Bennett had been staying out in the woods.

“I don’t know if anybody who was providing anything to him, food or anything like that.”

Bennett appeared in general sessions court for the 2 prior charges he had in Bradley County.

“It was possession of Schedule 2 for resale and driving while revoked. That was last December,” said James Bradford of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

But Bennett now faces even more charges in Meigs County.

“The Tennessee Highway Patrol charged Mr. Bennett with four counts of leaving the scene of an accident that involved a fatality,” Bradford also said.

And according to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, there are other pending charges.

“He talked about going to prison. He knew he was going to go to prison. He was crying because he has children…I don’t know many and he kept saying he was sorry for what happened. because he knows what the family was going through,” said King.

“I know and pretty much everybody else knows, he’s going to be in jail for a while.”

Bennett’s bond has been set $200,000.

He’s due back in court on May 16th.

In Bradley County, Alexandria Adams, News 12 NOW.

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