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Hawkins man's request to be arrested fulfilled after he shoves deputy

Jeff Bobo • Mar 3, 2018 at 12:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who told police he’d been awake for three days straight asked to be taken to jail Monday evening, but he had to shove a deputy to get his wish.

Two days later, Tony Aaron Wright, 31, was arraigned on one count of assault on an officer, after which he was released from the Hawkins County Jail on $10,000 bond.

On Monday shortly before 9 p.m., Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kenny Lunsford responded to Wright’s residence at 5158 Highway 11-W, Rogersville, after Wright called Hawkins County Central Dispatch and stated he needed an officer so he could file a complaint.

“Upon arrival at the home, I found Wright to be extremely paranoid, talking fast and no making any sense,” Lunsford said. “Wright stated he had been up for three days. During our conversation, Wright’s voice got louder.”

Lunsford added, “At one point, Wright was asking me to take him to jail. Wright asked me if he assaulted me, would I take him to jail. I told Wright if he assaulted me, he would, in fact, go to jail.”

At that point, Wright allegedly stated, “Well (expletive) it” and shoved Lunsford hard enough to cause him to take several steps backward to regain his balance.

Wright was then arrested without any resistance.

HCSO Chief Deputy Tony Allen told the Times News Thursday that Wright was under the influence of unknown narcotics at the time of his arrest and never stated why he wanted to go to jail.

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