CHURCH HILL — A Johnson City woman told police she was driving her ex-boyfriend to an aunt’s house in Hawkins County Friday night when he allegedly “jerked” the steering wheel out of her hand attempting to crash the car, telling her they both should die.
Shortly after 10 p.m. Friday another motorist called police after reportedly observing Patty Tipton’s 1993 Ford Taurus station wagon swerving in and out of its lane westbound on Highway 11-W in Mount Carmel near the Hardee’s restaurant.
Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kenny Lunsford Jr. received a BOLO (be on the lookout) report for the green station wagon, and then met the vehicle moments later stopped in the middle of 11-W in Church Hill near the Pizza Plus restaurant.
Initially the male passenger was outside the vehicle.
When Lunsford arrived, however, the male — identified as J.B. Miller, 24, 2942 Plymouth Road, Johnson City, ran back to Tipton’s vehicle and got inside.
Lunsford stated in his report that while speaking to Tipton he observed her motioning her head toward Miller, “as if she was trying to warn me about something.”
Lunsford then asked Tipton to step back to his vehicle alone.
“Tipton then stated Miller is her ex-boyfriend who began fighting with her while she was driving him back to his aunt’s house somewhere in Hawkins County,” Lunsford said. “Miller began telling her how they had nothing to live for and they should just die, and began jerking the steering wheel in an attempt to crash the car. Tipton tried to stop Miller, but he slapped her in the face.”
Lunsford added, “Miller then reached over and turned the ignition switch off to the car, causing it to die in the middle of 11-W.”
Lunsford said Miller was intoxicated and stated he wanted to die. He was charged with domestic assault, and also had an outstanding warrant in Hawkins County for aggravated burglary and theft under $500.
He was arraigned Monday in Sessions Court, and as of Monday evening remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $11,000 bond.