Complaint about reckless driving ends with disorderly conduct charge

Published 8:42 am Wednesday, June 25, 2014

An Elizabethton man was arrested Sunday evening after police responding to a call said the man became belligerent and interfered with their investigation.
Roy Hartley Jr., 41, 512 Coal Chute Road, was arrested shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday evening by Carter County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Brian Smithpeters and charged with disorderly conduct.
According to a police report by Smithpeters, officers were responding to the residence on Coal Chute Road for the second time within one hour on a report of reckless driving. While en route to the location, Smithpeters said in his report that a second call to 911 from the residence came in reporting that a man, later identified as Hartley, was armed and creating a disturbance.
“Upon Lt. (Andy) Beam, Constable Tim Lyons and myself arriving I spoke with the complainant who stated his uncle, Roy Hartley Jr., who lives at 512 Coal Chute, had been drinking,” states Smithpeters in his report, adding that the complainant also reported that Hartley had retrieved a shotgun and was walking around the house with it and was yelling and screaming.
“While I was speaking with the complainant, Roy was starting to act belligerent. Constable Tim Lyons advised Roy to calm down several times,” Smithpeters said in his report, adding that Hartley failed to follow officers’ orders to calm down and “was still acting belligerent and screaming and interfering with my investigation.”
Smithpeters said in his report that due to the fact Hartley refused to comply with orders to calm down he was placed under arrest and charged with disorderly conduct. Hartley was transported to the Carter County Detention Center, but was later released on bond.

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