Ronald Wayne Sellers
CHURCH HILL — Police said a Hawkins County man who called 911 Friday morning complaining of intruders in his home committing thefts was actually alone and hallucinating on bath salts.
About 9 a.m. Friday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Josh Byrd responded to the home of Ronald Wayne Sellers, 37, 388 Tipton Road near Church Hill after Sellers called 911 and stated someone had been inside his residence removing items.
After Byrd and other deputies arrived at the residence, they were told by Sellers that the intruders were in the woods behind his house.
Byrd added, “I asked Mr. Sellers if the subjects were still standing in the location, and he stated, ‘They are still standing there. Don’t you see them?’ Officers could not see the subjects.”
Byrd stated in his report that Sellers was unsteady on his feet, and Sellers allegedly admitted that he had taken “bath salts” prior to the officers’ arrival.
Although Sellers was at his home, the deputies arrested him on a charge of public intoxication due to “concerns for his safety and the safety of others.”
“Officers believe that Mr. Sellers was hallucinating from the bath salts,” Byrd added.
Sellers was released from the Hawkins County jail Friday about 3:30 p.m. after six hours in jail, and he is scheduled for arraignment in sessions court on March 14.