Love triangle meeting allegedly results in attack with pickup

Jeff Bobo • Jan 31, 2018 at 3:27 PM

BULLS GAP — A Greene County man allegedly tried to hit his ex-girlfriend with his truck Friday night but succeeded in hitting the woman’s husband instead while reportedly dropping her off to go back to him.

Through his investigation, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chad Gillenwater reportedly discovered that Bobby Lynn Lawson, 59, 85 Ed Shipley Road, Mohawk, had been in a relationship recently with Tracy Lynn Rines of Bulls Gap.

According to police, that relationship ended, however, and shortly after 8 p.m. Friday Lawson brought Rines to the Bulls Gap Family Dollar parking lot to drop her off with her husband, Randall Rines, of Bulls Gap.

According to Mr. and Mrs. Rines, as she was attempting to retrieve some personal belongings from the back of Lawson’s Ford Ranger, the truck suddenly lurched backward, forcing her to jump out of the way.

“As Mrs. Rines went to the passenger side of Mr. Rines’ truck, Mr. Lawson allegedly accelerated towards Mrs. Rines in an apparent attempt to strike her,” Gillenwater stated in his report. “Mr. Rines then pushed Mrs. Rines out of the way, at which time Mr. Rines was struck by Mr. Lawson’s vehicle. Mr. Rines was pinned between his vehicle and Mr. Lawson’s vehicle.”

Lawson then allegedly fled the scene. The incident was observed by a third-party witness who also gave a statement.

Mr. Rines was transported via Hawkins County EMS to Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries to his arm and shoulder.

HCSO Detective Brian Boggs later located Lawson at a residence on Lamons Road in Greene County and arrested him on two counts of aggravated assault.

Lawson was arraigned Monday in Sessions Court and released from the Hawkins County Jail on $10,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is set for March 7.

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