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CORRECTION: Beer drinking during Hawkins County Sessions Court earns man 30 days in jail

November 27th, 2013 7:37 pm by Jeff Bobo

CORRECTION: Beer drinking during Hawkins County Sessions Court earns man 30 days in jail


CORRECTION: Although court documents reflected a two day sentence plea agreement, that deal was rejected by Sessions Judge J. Todd Ross, and Byrd was actually sentenced to 30 days in jail.

ROGERSVILLE — A Church Hill man was charged with public intoxication after police spotted him going back and forth from Hawkins County Sessions Court to the Justice Center parking lot to allegedly take drinks from a 40-ounce bottle of beer.

Jamie Coleman Byrd, 39, 140-6 Ramey Town Road, Church Hill, was scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on Nov. 18 on charges including domestic vandalism and resisting arrest. 

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy David Denton stated in his report that around 11 a.m. that morning, he observed Byrd to be unsteady on his feet and slurring his speech.

“I noticed on several occasions that he would leave the courtroom and walk outside, only to return a short time later,” Benton said. “When Mr. Byrd again left the courtroom, I watched as he went into the parking lot and got into the driver’s seat of a vehicle occupied by his girlfriend — and retrieved a 40-ounce bottle of beer from the back seat and took a drink.”

Byrd was initially charged with public intoxication and an open container violation and was placed in jail without bond until his court appearance, which was reset for Nov. 20.

Byrd pleaded guilty to public intoxication on Nov. 20 and was sentenced to time served. The open container charge was dismissed. 

He also pleaded guilty to the original resisting arrest charge and aggravated criminal trespass, which was reduced from the original domestic vandalism charge. He was fined $150 and placed on supervised probation for 11 months and 29 days.

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