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Carter County deputies report being bitten, kicked while trying to make arrest

Staff Reports • Apr 23, 2013 at 9:54 AM

ELIZABETHTON — One deputy of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department said he was kicked in the chest and a lieutenant said he was bitten on his left arm when they tried to serve outstanding arrest warrants last week.

Lt. L.C. Tester and Deputy Billy Harrell went to 188 Old Stoney Creek Road, Lot 1, on Thursday afternoon to serve outstanding warrants on Heather McMahan, 28, 188 Old Stoney Creek Road, and Gary Allen Bowers, 32, 129 Charles Smith Road, Watauga.

Harrell said the officers were met at the front door by a woman who said she had not seen McMahan and Bowers. The officers asked if they could look around the residence. Harrell said he checked a closet and discovered a woman hiding under a pile of dirty clothes.

Harrell removed the woman and identified her as McMahan. She was served with the Criminal Court warrant and Harrell also charged her with evading arrest.

Tester located a man hiding under a bed. He ordered the man to come out and when he refused, Tester took the man’s leg and attempted to drag him out. Harrell assisted and said the man kicked him hard in the chest.

Tester attempted to place the man’s hand behind his back and said the man bit him on the left arm.

Harrell used his baton to strike the man in each of his thighs. The officers were then able to handcuff the man. He was identified as Bowers. He was served with warrants charging him with violation of probation, failure to appear and a parole violation. He was also charged with aggravated assault, assault on an officer, evading arrest and resisting arrest.

Bowers and McMahan appeared in Sessions Court on Monday. McMahan’s charge was amended to attempted evading arrest. Judge John Walton fined her $25 and costs. She was given six months’ probation with Crossroads. Walton ordered Bowers to jail for 10 days on a contempt charge, with credit for time served. Walton appointed a public defender for Bowers and set his next appearance for Oct. 22.

Tester said he is being treated by a doctor for the bite.

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