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Church Hill domestic assault suspect also facing drug charges

November 3rd, 2013 3:07 pm by Jeff Bobo

Church Hill domestic assault suspect also facing drug charges

Antonio Reyes Watterson

CHURCH HILL — Police charged a Church Hill man with domestic violence and drug possession last week after he allegedly beat his girlfriend who was trying to leave during an argument

Antonio Reyes “Casso” Watterson, 22, is scheduled for arraignment Monday in Hawkins County Sessions court.

Shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday Church Hill police were dispatched to a domestic assault a Watterson’s home at 153 Hoard Lane, Lot 45, Church Hill 

Upon their arrive officers stopped Watterson who was allegedly attempting to leave the scene at a high rate of speed in a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse. 

CHPD Officer Chip Whitaker stated in his report that upon speaking with Watterson he learned that Watterson and his girlfriend, Dora Mae Bowles, had allegedly been into a physical altercation. 

“I observed what appeared to be a shoe print on the defendant's right cheek, as well on his chest, which I later determined he received while allegedly attempting to drag Dora out of her vehicle by her feet and legs,” Whitaker said. “When the defendant exited the vehicle, he took off his hoodie jacket, at which time a green medicine bottle fell out of the jacket and onto the driver's seat.”

Although the bottle was for a Subutex prescription, it allegedly contained 11 5-milligram diazepam pills and three 1-milligram clonazepam pills. Officers also allegedly found a small white straw containing white residue was recovered. 

“When I spoke to the victim she stated that an argument ensued, and she went to her car in an attempt to leave,” Whitaker said. “The defendant grabbed her by her feet and legs and dragged her out of the car, punched her several times about the face, lips, and head, and was attempting to leave when stopped by law enforcement.”

Whitaker added, “The victim had ripped the door trim from around the door while being dragged out and I observed three knots on the right side of the victim's face along with bruising and a busted lip.”

Watterson was charged with two counts of possession of Schedule IV narcotics, possession of legend drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and domestic violence assault.

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