Hawkins man faces four counts of felony endangerment in alleged car attack

Jeff Bobo • Jan 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man was charged with four counts of felony reckless endangerment last week after he allegedly rear-ended a vehicle containing his wife, two other adults and a 2-month-old.

The incident occurred on the night of Dec. 26 after Ashley Dennis contacted her sister to come pick her up from her home in Church Hill.

The sister told Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Godsey that shortly after she picked up Mrs. Dennis, they were traveling on Church Road when Timothy Shawn Dennis began following them in his vehicle.

The sister stated that Mr. Dennis rear-ended the gold Ford Explorer in which they were riding, then pulled in front of them in an attempt to block the roadway.

The chase reportedly continued on Highway 11-W, and Mrs. Dennis stated she called Hawkins County central dispatch because she was scared.

Godsey stated in his report that damage to the Explorer matched the story he was told by each of the three adults in the vehicle.

Mr. Dennis, 39, 4729 Carters Valley Road, Church Hill, was arrested on Dec. 27 shortly after 6 p.m. at the Hawkins County Justice Center lobby.

A former Mount Carmel animal control officer, Dennis has been arrested on numerous occasions in recent years, mostly for drug possession.

On Feb. 6, 2018 Dennis was sentenced in Hawkins County Criminal Court to three consecutive terms of 11 months and 29 days of supervised probation and ordered to pay $7,812 in fines and fees after pleading guilty to simple possession of Schedule IV, two counts of simple possession of meth, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a weapon by an intoxicated person.

Last Friday, Dennis was arraigned in Sessions Court and released from the Hawkins County Jail on $2,500 bond.

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