County man charged with burglarizing home after wrecking truck

Published 11:57 am Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Matthew Simmons

Matthew Simmons

A Carter County man faces multiple charges after police say he wrecked his truck and then forced his way into a home.
Officers of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department arrested Matthew Simmons, 24, 223 Taylortown Road, Johnson City, and charged him with aggravated burglary, driving under the influence, driving without a license and leaving the scene of the accident.
On Sunday morning, CCSD Deputy Christopher Reichenbach responded to a report of an accident on Smalling Road, where he found a white Ford F-150 truck that had been crashed into a tree off the side of the road and then abandoned. No one was around the vehicle when he arrived, Reichenbach said, adding the truck’s registration listed Simmons as the owner.
“As I was on the scene of the accident another call came out for a breaking and entering in progress at 173 Jim Buck Road,” Reichenbach said.
Reichenbach then drove to the home on Jim Buck Road and found a man who identified himself as Simmons standing on the porch. Officers detained Simmons while they spoke to the residents, Michael and Debra Buck, to investigate the report of the breaking and entering.
“Mrs. Buck stated when she opened the front door she saw a male, Matthew Simmons, with his shirt pulled over his head,” Reichenbach said. “Mrs. Buck stated Mr. Simmons then shoved her out of the way and forced his way into the kitchen.”
The woman told officers she then yelled for her husband, Michael Buck, who told Simmons to leave, that he was calling 911, Reichenbach said.
Mr. Buck said Mr. Simmons walked outside and Mr. Buck shut the door,” Reichenbach said. “Mr. Buck stated Mr. Simmons continued to try to get back inside the residence and was beating on the door until I arrived.”
When officers searched Simmons, they found the keys to the wrecked truck in his pocket and noticed he smelled like alcohol.
“Also while speaking to Mr. Simmons, he did not know where he was or whose house he was at,” Reichenbach said.

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