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Brother who borrowed car 'for 20 minutes' returns 23 hours later with gun

Jeff Bobo • May 31, 2018 at 12:04 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who allegedly borrowed his sister's car "for 20 minutes" last week, and then returned nearly 23 hours later without the car and brandishing a gun, was arraigned Wednesday on felony theft and gun charges.

At the time of his arrest, Jason Ryan Frazier, 39, was with a female companion, Haley Celeste Douthat, 23, who allegedly had a total of four grams of meth in three separate baggies hidden in her bra.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. last Thursday (May 24) Deputy Chad Gillenwater met Laura Mathes at her residence on Old Stage Road near Rogersville where she stated that her brother, Frazier, had borrowed her car at 1 a.m. that morning.

Mathes stated that she'd been awakened by a phone call from Frazier that morning asking to borrow her 2015 Honda Civic "for about 20 minutes" to "run up the road."

She stated that she “reluctantly” agreed, and as of 5:30 p.m. the Honda hadn't been returned. Frazier also hadn't responded to calls and texts from Mathes.

While Gillenwater was on the scene Mathes reportedly sent a text indicating that police were now involved. Frazier then texted back, "It looks like it's a bad day for everybody."

Around 11:45 p.m. that night Frazier showed up at Mathes' residence allegedly brandishing a .25 caliber Beretta handgun and attempting to kick the door down.

HCSO Deputy Kevin Johnson then responded to an unwanted guest complaint at the Mathes residence where he reportedly found Frazier and Douthat outside the home.

The loaded handgun and a a box containing 38 bullets was located in the grass near the home, and Douthat reportedly told Johnson that Frazier had thrown the gun there when he saw a police officer approaching.

Frazier allegedly admitted that he'd left the Honda parked in the emergency lane on Highway 11-W just west of Lakeview Grocery. The vehicle was recovered without damage and returned to Mathes.

Douthat, 101 Seals Road, Rogersville, had an outstanding warrant for failure to pay child support.

Upon being asked if she had anything illegal in her possession Douthat allegedly produced three baggies of meth from her bra totaling four grams, as well as several empty small zip-lock baggies typically used in the drug trade.

Frazier and Douthat were held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond pending their arraignment Wednesday.

Frazier was charged with theft over $10,000 and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and Douthat was charged with possession of meth, possession of Schedule III narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Douthat was also scheduled to appear in Juvenile court Thursday on the failure to pay child support warrant.

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