Daniel Craig Peoples
CHURCH HILL — A Church Hill man told police Monday evening his name was “Don Juan” and he was pretending to be a chicken in the yard of a total stranger to scare away the “imaginary people.”
Daniel Craig Peoples, 48, 230 Silver Lake Road, Church Hill, also allegedly admitted to police that he’d been using bath salts that day, he thought he was in Lexington, Ky., and he needed a ride home to Hawkins County.
Around 5 p.m. on Monday, the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an address on Fields Gap Road in Church Hill on a complaint by the 82-year-old property owner that a strange man was wandering around the property.
The homeowner told police the man, later identified as Peoples, had parked in his driveway, gotten out of his vehicle and began acting like a chicken. The homeowner also said the man was talking to himself and foaming at the mouth.
Upon arrival, deputies spoke to Peoples, who allegedly stated: “There was imaginary people in the yard and in the shrubbery around the house.”
According to Deputy Stacy Vaughan’s report, “Daniel stated that by acting like a chicken he could scare away the imaginary people. Daniel insisted to me several times that his name was ‘Don Juan.’ While further speaking to Daniel, he perceived himself to be in Lexington, Ky., and asked me several times if I could take him back to Hawkins County.”
Peoples admitted he didn’t know the homeowner, and he didn’t know why he was there.
He was transported to the Hawkins County Memorial Hospital for treatment, where he again insisted to hospital staff that his name was Don Juan.
Following his release from the hospital, Peoples was charged with public intoxication.
He remained in jail until Wednesday when he appeared in Hawkins County Sessions Court. Peoples pleaded guilty and was sentenced to time served, after which he was transferred to Sullivan County where he had an outstanding warrant.