Man accused of assaulting estranged wife at McDonald’s

Published 11:39 am Saturday, July 4, 2015

Adam Sims

Adam Sims

An Elizabethton man faces multiple charges after police say he crawled through the window of a vehicle and assaulted his estranged wife.

Officers of the Elizabethton Police Department arrested Adam Sims, 29, of 557 Coal Chute Road, Elizabethton, on Wednesday afternoon and charged him with domestic assault, violation of an order of protection and stalking.

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Shortly after 11 a.m. on Wednesday, officers responded to the McDonald’s restaurant on Broad Street after 911 received a call about a domestic assault happening in the parking lot. Before officers arrived, Sims allegedly fled the scene in his car.

Police spoke with Sims’ estranged wife and another female, who was driving the car when the alleged assault happened.

“Both victims stated that Mr. Sims entered through the passenger’s side window in an effort to assault (the wife),” EPD Officer Matthew Taylor. According to the victims, Sims threatened to kill his wife and called her derogatory names.

“(The driver) then accelerated at a high rate of speed to elude Mr. Sims,” Taylor said. “Mr. Sims clung to the vehicle until she struck a curb, knocking Mr. Sims to the ground.”

After he fell off the car, the women reported Sims ran to his car and drove away. Officers searched the area but were not able to locate him at that time.

The incident on Wednesday was the second time in two days that Sims is alleged to have assaulted his estranged wife, Taylor said. The women had reported that the day before, in Johnson City, Sims had intentionally struck the car they were in.

Taylor contacted the Johnson City Police Department and received a copy of the report from that incident which showed Sims had struck a vehicle the two women were in. Sims fled the scene before officers arrived in that incident as well, but Taylor said Johnson City officers filed charges of aggravated assault and violation of an order of protection against Sims.

Shortly after 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Taylor received word that Sims was in a courtroom at the Carter County Justice Center for a court appearance. Officers went to the courtroom and arrested him.

Sims is being held at the Carter County Detention Center under a $15,000 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned in General Sessions Court next week.

In addition to these new charges, Sims also has a pending stalking charge against him filed earlier this month. In that case, Sims is alleged to have threatened to kill someone and reportedly attempted to run them off the road with his vehicle.