Man accused of breaking into woman’s home to ‘sleep it off’

Jeff Bobo • Aug 5, 2013 at 7:54 PM

KINGSPORT — A Kingsport man who was arrested Sunday evening after allegedly breaking into the home of a Hawkins County woman he’d previously dated told police he’d been drinking all day and just wanted to “sleep it off.”

Jamie Coleman Byrd, 39, 989 Highridge Drive, Kingsport, was being held without bond prior to his arraignment Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges including criminal trespassing and public intoxication.

During his arraignment Byrd’s bond was set at $500 by Sessions Judge J. Todd Ross, but Byrd hadn’t been able to make bond as of Monday evening.

Shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday, HCSO Deputy Jeremy Nash was dispatched to a burglary in progress complaint at 140 Rameytown Road in unincorporated Hawkins County just north of the Allandale.

While en route Nash received a radio report that the suspect, Byrd, possibly had a large knife in his possession, but Byrd was later found to be unarmed.

Upon his arrival, however, Nash allegedly observed Byrd exiting the back door of the residence and took him into custody.

Nash said that Byrd had a strong odor of alcohol about him.

The 45-year-old female victim told Nash that Byrd was not supposed to be at her house. She stated she’d told Byrd several times to leave her alone, but he wouldn’t comply.

“(The victim) stated Jamie went inside her house through a window until officers made contact with him,” Nash said. “Jamie stated he has dated (the victim) off and on for a few months, and stated that she did not let him in the residence, but she knew he was there.”

Nash added, “Jamie also admitted that he had been drinking all day and was just trying to ‘sleep it off.’”

There was no damage to the home and nothing was found missing.

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