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Hawkins man allegedly shot girlfriend's car after she rebuked him for using drugs

Jeff Bobo • Jan 31, 2020 at 11:37 AM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man who allegedly slapped his girlfriend and fired gunshots into her vehicle on Saturday morning after she rebuked him for using narcotics in her home, is facing charges including felony assault.

The incident occurred at a mobile home park on Issac Avenue, in an unincorporated area north of Allandale.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kevin Johnson said the gunshots placed the occupant of another mobile home in danger.

Ryan Austin Harvey, 23, Church Hill, was arrested early Thursday morning on a warrant charging him with aggravated domestic assault, reckless endangerment, vandalism and coercion of a witness.

Aggravated domestic assault is a Class C felony punishable by 3-6 years if found guilty.

The victim reportedly told Johnson that on Saturday morning around 11:30 a.m. she walked into her bathroom and observed her boyfriend, Harvey, smoking a glass pipe with she believed contained illegal drugs.

According to Johnson's report, the victim stated that she “did smack Mr. Harvey in the back of the head and told him he was not going to use drugs in this home.”

“She stated that Mr. Harvey got very belligerent with her, and that's when she ran back into the living room and sat down on the couch,” Johnson stated in his report. “He followed her into the living room and smacked her across the face. She stated that she was scared and he was yelling at her.”

The victim stated that when Harvey stopped yelling she went outside to smoke a cigarette.

“That is when he came outside with his gun and fired three or four times at her vehicle, with one round hitting and busting out the front passenger side window,” Johnson said. “Also in the same direction the weapon was fired was the back corner of another residence.”

The occupant of that residence reportedly told Johnson she heard 3-5 gunshots, which made her very nervous.

Harvey was gone by the time the HCSO arrived Saturday morning. He was arrested on Thursday around 2:44 a.m. at a mobile home in the same Issac Avenue trailer park as his girlfriend's residence.

When deputies arrived at the park they knocked on the door of the residence Harvey shared with his girlfriend, but no one answered.

A person who resides in a nearby mobile home came out and stated Harvey was there. While that individual was speaking to Deputy Dustin Winter, Harvey reportedly began texting that person and “begging him to lie” and tell deputies he was gone.

Deputies subsequently entered the trailer and located Harvey in the back bedroom, where he was taken into custody.

Harvey was being held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set pending arraignment scheduled for Monday in Sessions Court.

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