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Beer can heaved at mower near Opie Arnold Road; two charged after mower overturns

August 28th, 2013 8:47 am by Becky Campbell

Beer can heaved at mower near Opie Arnold Road; two charged after mower overturns

Jonathan A. Beck, 23, and Gregory K. Mason, 34


A state contract mower overturned his John Deere tractor Monday after an irate motorist drove at him head-on, and the passenger threw a beer at him, which caused him to lose control of the machine, according to a court document filed in Jonesborough.


It happened around 5:30 p.m. Monday at 1008 Opie Arnold Road. Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy John Light was dispatched to an accident at that location, but soon learned there was more to what happened.


Jonathan A. Beck, 23, 201 Mitchell Ridge Road, Jonesborough, was charged with aggravated reckless endangerment. His passenger, Gregory K. Mason, 34, of the same address, was charged with public intoxication and assault.

• See documents in the case:

Affidavit of complaint against Beck 

Affidavit of complaint against Mason 

Washington County Sheriff's Office incident report 


According to the court record, a contractor was doing a mowing job for the state near 1008 Opie Arnold Road. The tractor operator, Bobby Johnson, of Cleveland, Tenn., told officers that a blue Nissan pickup had been behind him and the passenger — later identified as Mason — got out and began yelling at another tractor operator nearby.


Mason got back in the pickup and the driver — later identified as Beck — drove around the tractor he was behind.


When Johnson topped the next hill, he said the blue Nissan pickup was headed straight toward him.


“The victim stated he locked the brakes of the tractor causing him to lose control. The tractor then turned onto its right side causing damage to the tractor and the guardrail,” Light wrote in the warrant.


As Johnson was losing control of the tractor, Mason threw a 20-ounce can of Keystone beer at him.


Light found Beck and Mason a short distance away and both were arrested.


Mason was held on a $1,500 bond and Beck was held on a $10,000 bond. Both were arraigned in Washington County Sessions Court Tuesday afternoon.


They both have hearings scheduled on Sept. 3 at 9 a.m.


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