Blount County deputies say it took a K-9 and Taser to arrest a Maryville man on a public intoxication charge Saturday night, Sept. 28.
James Dale Click, 32, Bunbury Lane, also faces a charge of resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest or search. He was being held in lieu of $2,000 bond pending a 9 a.m. hearing Wednesday, Oct. 2, in Blount County General Sessions Court.
Deputies responded to Clendenen Road at 10:36 p.m. in response to multiple complaints to 911 about a man standing in the roadway, chasing after people driving by and trying to get in their vehicles.
One couple reported that the man reached in the front passenger window, grabbed the wife and struck her on the shoulder and face before they drove off and called 911. Another woman said she thought the man had a knife.
A deputy responding to the area with his window down reported hearing rustling in a brushy area beside the road and seeing Click exit the wooded area on Bunbury Lane. The deputy said he commanded Click to stop, but the man kept walking away. Then, the deputy reported, “Mr. Click stopped in the middle of the roadway and started to grab something out of his right front pocket.”
The deputy said he couldn’t see what Click was holding, but the man “was standing in the middle of the roadway opening and closing it, still ignoring verbal commands to get on the ground.” Then, he said, Click started running in his direction and the the deputy drew his Taser.
One deputy released K-9 Whiskey “who made contact with Click in the groin area.” After a few seconds it was apparent that the dog did not affect Click, who continued advancing toward deputies, according to their report.
Another deputy then used a stun gun, with probes striking Click in the chest and groin. Click fell to the ground and was taken into custody, according to the BCSO report.
Deputies reported they smelled the odor of alcoholic beverage and Click’s speech was slurred and his eyes appeared to be bloodshot and glassy. The deputy who transported Click to jail said the man was hitting his head on the vehicle’s cage during the trip.
Although the report indicated deputies took into custody an $89 Cutting Edge switchblade, it doesn’t specify from where they obtained it.