Friendsville man attacks Blount County Sheriff’s deputy while being arrested
From Staff Reports
A Blount County Sheriff’s deputy was taken to the hospital Thursday after he was injured in a fight while attempting to arrest a Friendsville man.
Deputy Eddie Nickerson was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital after sustaining several injuries, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.
Two people — Joshua Dewayne Hackler, 26, and Chessica Danielle Gayheart, 27, both of Hollyhock Way, Friendsville — were taken into custody on charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest.
Nickerson went to the pair’s residence at around 2:30 p.m. to serve a warrant on Hackler when the suspect began to fight with the deputy, authorities said. During the fight, Nickerson received a broken ankle, a gash to his head and was sprayed in the face with chemical spray.
Another deputy, Nathan Payne, received a needle prick while frisking Hackler and was being examined in the emergency room at Blount Memorial Hospital Thursday evening, the release said.
Hackler and Gayheart were both charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest. Hackler was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond and court dates on the two suspects had not yet been set Thursday night.
When Nickerson arrived at the residence, he located Hackler hiding inside a closet, according to the release. When Nickerson attempted to take him into custody, Hackler allegedly began resisting arrest and assaulted the deputy. During the altercation, Nickerson’s chemical spray was knocked out of its holster and Hackler sprayed him in the face.
Back-up units arrived and took Gayheart and Hackler into custody.
Authorities said when deputy Payne was patting down Hackler, his finger was stuck by a used needle in Hackler’s pocket.
Nickerson has served with the Sheriff’s Office for 4½ years, while Payne has served for seven years. Both are patrolmen.