An Athens man arrested for allegedly having drugs in the parking lot of Rural King in Sweetwater had not appeared to calm down by the time he got to jail.
Sweetwater Police Officer Chris Corona said he went to the store just before 9 p.m. on Sept. 3 on a call of shoplifters. A manager at the store told him one of the suspected shoplifters had stolen a battery pack and an impact wrench and was standing outside next to a car while the second suspect was still in the store.
Corona said he went out to the car and talked to the man who was identified as Tylar White. White told Corona he was with a friend named Trevor who was still in the store.
Corona said he found the other man and he gave him a false name. Corona told him he knew his name was Trevor and the man admitted his name was Trevor Hawkins.
Corona said he read Hawkins his rights, which Hawkins waived, then asked if there was anything illegal in his car. Hawkins allegedly said there was meth and marijuana in a tackle box.
Corona said he looked inside the vehicle and found the tackle box, which did contain meth and marijuana, a well as several pills, two glass smoking pipes and a scale.
He also allegedly found, in the driver door well, a G3 9mm pistol.
Hawkins was then taken into custody, but he tried to take off on foot before being quickly taken back into custody.
Hawkins, 32, Ingleside Avenue, Athens, and White, 29, County Road 77, Riceville, were both charged with simple possession of marijuana, simple possession of Hydrocone, simple possession of Alprazolam, possession of Fentanyl for resale, possession of meth for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hawkins was also charged with escape, resisting arrest and criminal impersonation.
White was also charged with theft.
A couple of days later, Hawkins faced another charge when he allegedly tried to injure himself at the jail and threw a computer at a jailer.
Deputy Owen Hooper said he was working in booking when he heard Hawkins punching and hitting a mat in cell block 24. Hooper said he and other officers went to move Hawkins to a padded cell, but as they were walking him to it, he started running and ended up behind the booking desk where he knocked over chairs, then jumped onto the desk and threw a computer at Hooper.
Hooper said he took Hawkins to the ground and tried to physically restrain him, but Hawkins kept fighting before another officer shot him with a Taser. The Taser didn’t hit right and Hawkins was then drive stunned and several more officers were able to help get into Hawkins into the restraint chair.
For the incident, Hawkins was charged with aggravated assault on an officer and vandalism.