Police say county man struck girlfriend in head with a wrench during dispute

Published 5:38 pm Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Carter County man faces a felony charge after police say he struck his girlfriend in the head with a wrench during a domestic disturbance.

Deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jason Summerlin, 31, no address available, on Wednesday and charged him with aggravated domestic assault.

According to court records, deputies of the Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Dave Buck Road after a 911 caller reported a domestic disturbance at the residence.

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When officers arrived at the home they spoke with a woman who reported that her boyfriend, whom she identified as Summerlin, had assaulted her. The woman told officers Summerlin had been drinking and they began to argue.

“(The woman) stated that she tried to take her daughter upstairs in the home, and at that time Mr. Summerlin began striking her on the face and head with a small wrench,” CCSO Investigator Myles Cook said, adding the woman showed him the wrench. “(She) had a significant knot above her eye, and several knots that could be felt on the top of her head.”

After speaking with the woman, Cook said he then spoke with Summerlin regarding the allegations.

“Mr. Summerlin was visibly intoxicated, and stated that he didn’t remember what had happened, but he would protect his daughter and likely struck (his girlfriend) and that (she) had ripped his shirt.”

The woman told officers she had ripped Summerlin’s shirt while trying to get the wrench away from him.

“I asked Mr. Summerlin about the involvement of the wrench, and he continued to state that (she) had torn his shirt, simply stating that he didn’t remember much else,” Cook said.

Summerlin was booked into the Carter County Detention Center and is being held under a $15,000 bond. He is expected to appear in Carter County General Sessions Court Friday morning for arraignment.