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Off the Wall News: NE Tennessee town's ex-vice mayor accused of crashing car for insurance fraud

November 19th, 2013 5:01 pm by Jeff Bobo, NET News Service

Off the Wall News: NE Tennessee town's ex-vice mayor accused of crashing car for insurance fraud

SURGOINSVILLE — Police believe “greed and revenge” was the motive of former Surgoinsville vice-mayor Charles “Otis” Lawson last month when he crashed his truck into a vehicle parked on Main Street during one of the current mayor’s monthly concerts.

Lawson, 65, 1315 Main Street, Surgoinsville, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with felony insurance fraud and filing a false report.

An alleged accomplice, former Hawkins County jailer Jerry William “Willy” Dishner, 34, 108 Gilda Avenue, Church Hill, was arrested Monday and charged with filing a false report.

On Oct. 19 shortly before 9 p.m. Lawson was driving a white 2001 GMC SUV westbound on Main Street in Surgoinsville near City Hall when he struck a parked car on Main Street. 

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