Shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Detective Reba Matthews responded to the home of Barnabas Neil Helton, 38, 204 Hidden Valley Road, where she located Amy Martie Martin lying in the road unconscious.
Martin was identified as Helton’s girlfriend.
Witnesses reportedly told Matthews that the two had been arguing that day over Helton’s alleged drug activity, his quitting his job that day, and the presence of one of his friends whom she considered unwelcome.
Witnesses also stated that Martin attempted to get Helton to let her take the unwelcome friend home because Helton’s driver’s license was expired and she didn’t want him to be arrested.
“(According to witnesses) she asked him not to take her vehicle but he refused to listen to reason,” Matthews stated in her report. “The argument escalated, and he sped off, hitting her with the car and knocking her unconscious.”
The vehicle was described as a Ford Expedition.
Martin was transported by Hawkins County EMS to Holston Valley Medical Center, where she was reportedly listed as suffering an enlarged liver and spleen.
As of Wednesday evening, Helton remained at large. He is being sought by the HCSO on a warrant for aggravated domestic assault.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the HCSO at (423) 272-4848 or Hawkins County Central Dispatch at (423) 272-7121.
Helton made headlines in 2016 when he oiled the roadway in front of his residence and posted a sign stating, “Slow down or I will kill you.”
He was initially charged on May 9, 2016 with felony vandalism over $1,000 and served 29 days in the Hawkins County Jail.
Upon pleading guilty in 2017 to misdemeanor vandalism under $1,000, Helton was sentenced to time served, probation, and ordered to pay $1,291 in restitution to the Hawkins County Highway Department for cleaning up the mess.