News Herald Arrest Report
Man faces charges after admitting meth use
Traveling north about 10 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 75 at mile marker 84, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Miller said he saw a Ford Ranger pulled onto the right shoulder on the south side of the road with its emergency blinkers on.
About the same time, Miller received a call from dispatch in Knoxville about a reckless driver.
The driver, James Paul Gann Jr., 36, Rossville, Ga., told Miller he was having trouble with a tire on his vehicle. “The subject was talkative, could not sit still and displayed indicators of impairment,” Miller wrote on his report.
Gann was then checked for weapons. Miller found three knives on Gann, who told police he had no identification and showed the trooper a citation from a previous stop in Sevierville.
After THP Trooper Robert Woody arrived on the scene to assist and began speaking with Gann, Miller ran a check on the citation, which returned the name Brian Christopher Gann. Miller received a photo from Knoxville dispatch of the man believed to be Brian Christopher Gann, but Woody and Miller agreed the man on the highway did not look like the person in the photo.
When the two troopers asked the man for his “true identity,” Gann said, “‘that is me, I have just lost a lot of weight over the last three or four years’,” according to Miller’s report.
At that point, Gann became “defensive and uncooperative,” Miller said.
Later during the stop, police decided to take Gann into custody after the man supplied Woody with another name for his identity. While attempting to place Gann in handcuffs, the man became “actively aggressive, pulling away and attempting to evade,” Miller said, noting that he and Woody gained control of the defendant and he was placed under arrest.
“During the altercation the subject received a bloody nose,” Miller wrote. “This is believed to be the result of my handcuffs, and I was regaining control of the subject.”
Gann became “extremely combative and belligerent,” and after being placed in the patrol car “became even more enraged, banging his head on the cage and attempting to slide his hands free from the handcuffs. He began asking ‘please shoot me’ over and over,” Miller wrote.
After arriving at Loudon County Jail, Gann cleared a medical check and refused a legal blood draw. At the jail, Gann told police he was “coming down off of methamphetamine and just gets crazy,” Miller said.
He also told police he had shot meth into his left arm about 3-4 a.m.
Gann was charged with driving under the influence, criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and evading arrest and held on $17,000 bond.
• Amy Elizabeth Everett, 32, Clinton, was charged with violation of probation and released without bond.
• Brittani Lauren Flint, 25, Seymour, was charged with violation of probation and released on $2,500 bond.
• Charles Rankin Murphy, 59, Knoxville, was charged with driving under the influence and cite-in and released on $2,500 bond.
• Thomas Mason Cratty III, 24, Loudon, was charged with violation of probation and released on $300 bond.
• William Allen Curtis, 24, Lenoir City, was charged with aggravated assault and held without bond.
• Devon Russell Fowler, 35, Morristown, was charged with violation of community corrections and held without bond.
• Jenna Raine Garland, 27, Lenoir City, was charged with public intoxication and released on $1,000 bond.
• Norman David Gilreath, 55, Lenoir City, was charged with driving under the influence and released on $1,000 bond.
• Floyd Martin, 41, Decatur, Ga., was charged with manufacture/sell/delivery/resale of a Schedule II substance, simple possession/casual exchange and possession of drug paraphernalia and held on $35,000 bond. Noticing a white Buick pass with “very dark tinted windows,” Loudon County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jamie Ketner said he was unable to see how many people were in the vehicle and could not read the Georgia registration information because of a decal. The driver of the vehicle turned into a parking lot along Highway 72, and while speaking with Martin, who was a passenger, Ketner could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to the report. The driver told Ketner the vehicle might contain a “blunt,” according to the report. Martin’s 11-year-old daughter was in the vehicle. While searching the vehicle, police found a backpack in the trunk containing two baggies with about 4.5 grams of crack cocaine, one digital scale and one box of clear sandwich bags. Martin told police the backpack and drugs were his, and he also told police he had some marijuana in his underwear. Police found Martin had about 3.5 grams of marijuana once he was checked in at Loudon County Jail.
• Gary Dewayne Walker, 44, Philadelphia, was charged with attachment-juvenile court and driving on a revoked/suspended license and released on $1,500 bond.
• Joe Melvin Wilkinson, 59, Knoxville, was charged with driving under the influence and violation of implied consent and released on $12,500 bond.
• Jerry Steven Brown, 55, Philadelphia, was charged with possession of a schedule II substance and public intoxication and released on $3,000 bond.
• Jacob Clark Hamilton, 23, Greenback, was charged with aggravated domestic assault and released without bond. Dispatched to the scene of a possible domestic fight in the 21900 block of East Coast Tellico Parkway, Maryville Police officers caught up with a woman at a convenience store near Foothills Mall in Maryville and also spoke with Hamilton, who was seen walking near the store. During an interview at the police department, the woman said she and her boyfriend, Hamilton, had gotten into a verbal dispute at the East Coast Tellico Parkway address about the man’s drinking problem. The woman said Hamilton snatched her purse and attempted to get her keys to leave the residence. The woman said Hamilton grabbed her by the throat and knocked her head into the roof of the car, and afterward she drove Hamilton to the convenience store to replace the alcohol she had poured out. Upon arriving at the store, the woman went inside to call 911, and she saw Hamilton begin walking away. Police reported scratches on the woman’s arms and redness on her neck.
• Ellis Edward Hill, 47, Lenoir City, was charged with driving under the influence-first offense and released without bond.
• Seth Benjamin Hinkle, 23, Lenoir City, was charged with driving under the influence, drag racing, two counts of reckless driving and violation of implied consent and released on $5,500 bond.
• William Andrew Mercer, 34, Thaxton, Miss., was charged with domestic assault and held on $4,000 bond. Responding to a call of a possible domestic fight in the 10600 block of Pond Creek Road, LCSO Deputy Chris Jenkins spoke with a woman and a witness, who said the victim and her boyfriend had gotten into a verbal altercation. The woman told police Wallace was driving too fast, pulled into a nearby gas station and “was screaming and cursing her and pushed her out of the car,” Jenkins wrote. The woman told police the man was pumping the accelerator and driving at an unsafe speed through the parking lot. Mercer was found at his place of employment and placed under arrest.
• Gerald Randolph Moore, 59, Sweetwater, was charged with driving on a revoked/suspended license and held on $2,000 bond.
• Crystal Gale Munsey, 42, Knoxville, was charged with public intoxication and released on $2,000 bond.
• Jeff Mitchell Taylor, 47, Sweetwater, was charged with theft over $1,000 and released on $2,500 bond.
• John Henry Wallace, 35, Philadelphia, was charged with driving on a revoked/suspended license and simple possession and held on $2,000 bond.
• Amanda Sue Howard, 35, Knoxville, was charged with contempt of court and released on $150 bond.
• Connie Lynn Hunter, 40, Loudon, was charged with felony false statement and misuse of the 911 emergency system and held on $6,000 bond.
• Tabitha Alyssa Johnson, 25, Loudon, was charged with criminal simulation and held on $2,500 bond.
• Coleman A. McJunkins, 21, Greenback, was charged with domestic assault and held without bond.