Kingsport Times-News: Drunk man enters car containing three children, grandma at Rogersville Walmart

Drunk man enters car containing three children, grandma at Rogersville Walmart

Jeff Bobo • Updated Aug 31, 2018 at 9:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who was arrested Monday after entering vehicles, one of which contained a grandmother and three small children, in the Rogersville Walmart parking lot, was sentenced to 20 days in jail Wednesday.

Todd Andrew Caswell also allegedly brandished a pocketknife as he exited the woman’s car.

He was charged Monday with public intoxication, but the jail sentence he received Wednesday in Sessions Court was for a probation violation stemming from multiple charges to which he pleaded guilty in June, including two counts of assault on a police officer, evading arrest and criminal impersonation.

Shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, Rogersville Police Department Officers Cambren Gibson and Chris Funk responded to Route 66-S near Walmart on a report of a man attempting to open multiple vehicles in the store parking lot.

“You don’t want me in here, do you?”

While en route, officers were informed by dispatch that a woman called and reported that an unknown man later identified as Caswell had entered her vehicle and was sitting with her and her three small grandchildren. The children’s mother was in the store shopping.

Caswell allegedly said to her, “You don’t want me in here, do you?”

The grandmother replied, “No.”

Caswell then exited the vehicle and walked toward Route 66-S, and the grandmother reported that he produced a pocketknife as he walked away. She stated that he appeared to be intoxicated.

When police arrived, they reportedly found Caswell walking in traffic with the knife in his left hand. He complied with commands to drop the weapon and lie on the ground.

Upon being arrested, Caswell stated that he had entered a vehicle containing his own child, but the grandmother said she didn’t know Caswell.

On the public intoxication charge, he was sentenced to time served and fined $321.

Previously arrested for assault on police

On June 18, Caswell, 28, 121 Walker Lane, Whitesburg, pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor assault, evading arrest on foot and criminal impersonation stemming from an incident that occurred June 2.

Caswell reportedly fled from police at the Creekside Market on Route 66-S and jumped into the Holston River.

The rescue squad responded, and Gibson attempted to pull him into a boat, but Caswell reportedly pulled the officer into the river.

Caswell then reportedly pushed Gibson under the water twice, resulting in the original charges of two counts of felony aggravated assault.

In exchange for the guilty pleas to the misdemeanor charges, Caswell was sentenced to 80 days in jail and fined $2,358, but he was released on probation July 18.

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