ELIZABETHTON — A Carter County man was arrested Tuesday on charges he assaulted his girlfriend who is 5-months pregnant. He was also charged with being a felon in possession of a shotgun and with having the remnants of an illegal methamphetamine laboratory in the back of his minivan.
Deputy Nick Andes of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department began his investigation when he was called to 206 River Road, where an assault had taken place. He spoke with Angela Remedious Marley, who told him she had been involved in an argument with Scottie Allen Birchfield, 39. She said Birchfield is the father of her child and her unborn child.
Andes said Marley told him the argument began over a cell phone. She said Birchfield had taken her phone on Monday and returned it when he got home from work on Tuesday. She said Birchfield became angry when she tried to use the phone to call her mother. She said he grabbed and twisted her wrist until she fell to the floor. Birchfield then took the cell phone and the keys to the van and left.
Andes said Marley had marks on her wrist that appeared to have been made from squeezing it. There were also fingernail marks. He reported that Marley believed Birchfield was under the influence of methamphetamine.
Andes also reported that Marley told him the assault had not been an isolated incident. She said on Monday Birchfield had struck her in the head several times and pulled her hair. She said she has been repeatedly assaulted over the last few weeks and she was in fear of her life. She told the deputy that Birchfield is a convicted felon and was in possession of a 12-gauge shotgun.
Acting on that information, Andes searched for Marley’s minivan, which was being driven by Birchfield. He stopped the vehicle in the Double Bridges section of U.S. Highway 19E. Andes told Birchfield he was being arrested on an outstanding warrant and also on a domestic assault charge. He then asked Birchfield if he still had the shotgun.
Andes said Birchfield told him it was under a blanket in the back seat. Birchfield told him he used it for hunting.
Birchfield was searched after being arrested and Andes found a chewing gun wrapper with methamphetamine wrapped inside it.
While Andes was preparing to transport Birchfield to jail, Sgt. Kenny Cornett searched the minivan. Before searching, Cornett asked Birchfield if there was anything in the vehicle. Birchfield reportedly told him the remnants of a “shake and bake” meth lab were inside. Cornett then contacted Lt. Mike Little and asked him to respond with the methamphetamine task force.
Little said he located a clandestine meth lab in the back of the minivan.
Birchfield was charged with assault, assault against a viable fetus as victim, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, simple possession of methamphetamine, promotion of methamphetamine, initiation of the methamphetamine manufacturing process, and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.