Franklin County man arrested for stealing military-grade vehicle, trying to run over deputy

Nathan Lowe is in custody and they are gathering charges against him for stealing a military-grade vehicle and trying to run over a deputy.

Posted: Jun 18, 2020 10:40 AM
Updated: Jun 19, 2020 9:40 AM

Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver told WAAY 31 Nathan Lowe, 20, is in custody and they are gathering charges against him for stealing a military-grade vehicle and trying to run over a deputy.

Oliver said Lowe is charged with driving under the influence, attempted assault, theft of property, resisting arrest, and fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement.

Nathan Lowe

Surveillance video from CJ's Grocery caught Thursday's incident. Nathan Lowe is seen on the left of the photo. (Courtesy of Justin Boyles)

Oliver said about 6 a.m. Thursday, multiple callers contacted the sheriff's office after seeing Lowe walking down Highway 24 near Belgreen. Oliver said a woman picked Lowe up to give him a ride and he made her feel uncomfortable.

She pulled over at a store on Belgreen and Lowe got out of her car and walked over to an area where a military-grade vehicle was being sold, he said. Oliver said military vehicles don't have keys but switches. Even though the steering wheel was chained, he said Lowe was able to get the vehicle and drive it away.

Officials said as Lowe was heading down the opposite direction of traffic on Highway 24, a Franklin County Sheriff's deputy responded and confronted him. Lowe then tried to run the deputy over, and the deputy shot at Lowe's tires to try and stop the vehicle, according to Oliver.

Lowe then headed to Russellville where police and the deputies stopped him and arrested him at the intersection of Highway 24 and Highway 43.

Oliver said the deputy was not trying to shoot at Lowe but rather stop the tires, so the deputy will not be on paid leave. He took the rest of the day off, though. Oliver said the deputy is an outstanding person and the situation shook him up a bit.

WAAY 31 spoke to the owner of the store on Belgreen about what he saw. He showed us surveillance video that caught Thursday’s incident.

"He stole a truck that was parked up here for sale, and pretty much, it was a police chase for the next 10 miles up the road,” said Justin Boyles, the owner of CJ's Grocery.

“It was a big Army truck. It had chains around the steering wheel so to keep people from, if they did steal it, being able to drive it, but whenever he took off, he was swapping lanes.”

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