James B. White
A Bluff City resident has been arrested for allegedly slicing a man's neck as they were drinking together on Thursday night, leaving the victim with a "severe laceration."
Police are still investigating what led up to the incident, but a responding officer reports it may have been spurred by, "name calling."
James B. White, 50, of 549 Dry Branch Road, unit 3, is charged with aggravated assault. Sullivan County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to his apartment complex shortly before 10 p.m.
The alleged victim, a 27-year-old man from Cookeville, Tenn., was found bleeding heavily from his neck. He reportedly identified White, who fled prior to police arrival, as his attacker. The victim was taken by ambulance to Bristol Regional Medical Center.
An arrest report says the victim, White and a female witness had been drinking heavily. According to collected statements, the victim and White were "staring at each other" when White hit him in the neck.
The victim reached up to touch the area, allegedly discovering he was badly bleeding from a cut wound. At that time White reportedly ran to his pickup truck and drove away.
While police were still investigating the scene in Bluff City, a vehicle, in which White was a passenger, pulled into the driveway. The driver, a relative of the suspect, allegedly said he admitted to "being in a fight."
At that time White was taken into custody and transported to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville. No weapon was recovered, though police believe the victim's injuries were caused by "some type of weapon."
Detectives continue investigating the incident.