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Kingsport man barred from Wagon Wheel Bar following arrest

Timesnews.net Staff • Aug 14, 2007 at 12:00 AM

A Kingsport man will appear in court Sept. 20 on charges stemming from a disturbance at the Wagon Wheel Bar, 405 Cherokee Street, where he is now barred from returning to the premises.

James Willard Nuckels, 52, of 105 Mull Street, allegedly was drunkenly "yelling and staggering" near the bar when a Kingsport community police officer first spotted him.

According to affidavits, Nuckels reportedly refused to produce identification at the officer's request, turning away and attempting to throw liquid from an aluminum can at the officer.

Police say the officer then reportedly advised Nuckels he was under arrest and a struggle ensued, ending after Nuckels was thrown to the ground and forcibly placed in handcuffs.

Although the officer reportedly found no weapons on Nuckels, he allegedly said he had a gun and was going to use it.

Then, on the way to the patrol car outside, Nuckels allegedly threatened to kill the officer and began grabbing at back of the waistband on his pants.

When the officer reportedly pulled up on Nuckels' arm to stop the movement, Nuckels allegedly tried to bite him on the left side of his head.

Police say the officer responded by striking Nuckels in the ribs, knocking the breath out of him and causing him to fall to the ground.

En route to the city jail, police say emergency rescue personnel were summoned after Nuckels reported lost consciousness after yelling and kicking at the doors.

Nuckels was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center, treated and released and taken into custody at the Kingsport city jail.

At the jail, police reportedly advised Nuckels that, at the owner's request, he would be charged with trespassing if he returned to the Wagon Wheel Bar.

Nuckels has since bonded out of jail.

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