Hawkins Police Blotter: Couple run out of gas in stolen car

Jeff Bobo • Feb 11, 2020 at 3:00 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Cookville couple were charged with theft early Sunday morning after the stolen vehicle they were driving reportedly ran out of gas on Highway 11-W in Church Hill.

Around 3:40 a.m. Saturday, Church Hill Police Department Officer Chad Gillenwater reportedly observed the stalled vehicle in the median at the intersection of Highway 11-W and Goshen Valley Road. Upon checking the registration, he found that it had been reported stolen in Greeneville.

Moments later, CHPD Officer Ethan Mays reportedly observed a couple walking near the railroad tracks not far from that intersection, one of whom was carrying a gas can.

They were identified as Dustin O’Brian Cash, 34, and Jamie Renee Williams, 44, both of Cookville.

The couple reportedly stated they had permission to drive the vehicle. A Greeneville detective told the CHPD that the victim met the couple recently at a gas station, determined they were homeless and invited them to stay with her if they paid rent and helped clean.

The victim reportedly woke up Saturday morning to find her new boarders and her vehicle were gone.

Williams reportedly stated they had taken the vehicle to Cookville but got lost on their way back to Greeneville. Upon being searched, Williams was allegedly found in possession of a pipe and a small amount of meth, which were hidden in her bra. Both were charged with theft over $1,000, and Williams was additionally charged with meth possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Public Intoxication suspect claims 'magic' defense

Dennis Wayne Everhart, 51, Rogersville, was charged with public intoxication Thursday morning after a man who resides near Rogersville awoke to find Everhart in the passenger seat of his pickup.

When Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bryan Sanders asked Everhart why he was in a pickup that doesn't belong to him, Everhart reportedly stated “he and some friends done some magic, and this must be where he wound up.”

Sanders stated in his report that Everhart, who has a long history of similar arrests, was also having conversations with people who weren't there.

Belly Button meth

Brandon Lee “Porkchop” Davis, 28, of Rogersville, was charged with meth possession after a bag of meth allegedly fell out of his belly button Thursday night in the Hawkins County Memorial Hospital emergency room.

Rogersville police responded to a report of a patient causing a disturbance in the ER around 8 p.m. Thursday to find Davis arguing with hospital staff.

Rogersville Police Department Officer Andy Banks stated in his report that when hospital staff treated Davis, a small green bag containing a white crystal substance believed to be meth was found in his belly button. When Davis was released from the hospital a short time later, he was arrested by Banks for meth possession.

DUI driver hits house

Jace Lloyd Davis, 20, of Rogersville, was arrested on charges including DUI early Thursday morning after he reportedly crashed into a house on the 800 block of West Main Street in Rogersville.

Around 4 a.m. Thursday, RPD Officer Wesley Seals responded to an accident involving a red Toyota Tacoma that ran off the road in front of 816 W. Main St., coming to rest on the front porch of that residence.

Davis reportedly told Seals he was driving on Main Street when he hit a large pool of water in the road and ran off an embankment, hitting the residence.

Seals stated that he observed Davis to have a strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, and he was staggering on his feet.

Davis allegedly exhibited “multiple indicators that showed a high level of intoxication” during field sobriety tests. He was charged with DUI, failure to exercise due care, underage alcohol consumption and violation of implied consent for refusing a blood or breathalyzer test.