Sweetwater, Tenn., man charged in McMinn County carjacking

Brandon McGrail

An Etowah, Tenn., man was found Friday night lying injured on a road east of town after he said an acquaintance pulled out a gun, demanded money and a struggle led to a crash.

Around 9:30 p.m. Friday, Benjamin Crofts was found injured on County Road 879, McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy said.

photo Brandon McGrail

Crofts told law enforcement officials he was giving an acquaintance, 25-year-old Brandon McGrail, a ride.

Crofts said McGrail threatened him with a gun, demanding money. A struggle then ensued as they drove along County Road 879, also known as Baker Road, until Crofts crashed into a barn.

County Road 879 is a desolate, one-lane, partially graveled road that connects county roads 475 and 875 on the edge of the Cherokee National Forest between U.S.