Daniel Louis Gershkowitz
ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County deputies responding to a complaint of a nude male standing beside a vehicle in the St. Clair community early Saturday morning arrested the man, partially clothed in his vehicle, on DUI and drug possession charges.
Police said Daniel Louis Gershkowitz wasn’t partially nude intentionally.
Apparently he’d stopped behind C.J.’s Market to urinate, but he was so intoxicated he was unable to manage his clothing.
Shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday HCSO Deputy Josh Byrd was dispatched to the intersection of Melinda Ferry Road and Rt. 113 on the nude male report.
When Byrd arrived he reportedly observed Gershkowitz, 34, 922 Butchers Valley Road, Rogersville, behind the market sitting in the driver’s seat of a 1997 Nissan Altima partly dressed with the car engine running and the windshield wipers turned on.
Byrd said Gershkowitz had “...a blue sweatshirt pulled over his head and and his shorts partly removed from his body.”
“The male subject had an unknown black object in his hand,” Byrd said. “I identified myself as an officer, at which time the subject placed his hands under the sweat shirt and refused to remove them.”
Byrd said didn’t know what Gershkowitz had in his hand so he stepped away from the vehicle until backup officers arrived.
During that time Gershkowitz revved his engine several times.
When other officers arrived the Altima was shut off and keys removed, but Gershkowtz allegedly refused to exit the vehicle voluntarily.
Sgt. Mike Allen then grabbed Gershkowtz’s arms and put him on the ground.
No weapons were found in the vehicle, but officers did allegedly find one pill believed to be a 10 mg oxycodone between the two front seats.
Gershkowitz was unable to safely perform field sobriety tests, and was charged with DUI and simple possession of Schedule II narcotics.
Officers also noticed that he appeared to have been beaten up, but Gershkowitz was unable to give an explanation of what happened.
He was treated at the Hawkins County Memorial Hospital where he reportedly stated he’d been beaten up at a bar in Greene County, although deputies know that bar is no longer open.
He was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions court and as of Monday was held in the Hawkins County Jail on $10,000.