ELIZABETHTON — Last weekend was not a good one for Clifford E. Carrier, 29, 158 Carrier Asher Lane. He was arrested by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department on Friday and, after getting released on bail, he was arrested Sunday by the Johnson City Police Department.
It all began at noon Friday when Carter County deputies responded to the intersection of the Stoney Creek Highway and Minton Hollow Road. When he arrived, Deputy Wayne Pritchard found Lindsey Hurley, who said she was riding in a Ford Ranger pickup truck with Carrier and asked to be taken home.
Pritchard said Hurley told him Carrier refused to take her home, and when they approached the Minton Hollow intersection she opened the door and Carrier pushed her out the door with the truck still moving. Hurley said Carrier threw all her personal belongings out the door into the ditch and slapped her face. He left before deputies arrived.
Pritchard said Hurley had red marks on the left side of her face and was complaining of neck and back pain. Pritchard notified other officers to be on the lookout for the 2000 Ford Ranger.
Trooper Dexter Lunceford of the Tennessee Highway Patrol stopped the truck in the parking lot of Volunteer Mart on the Stoney Creek Highway. Pritchard said Lunceford removed a 9.5-inch knife from Carrier’s belt.
Carrier was charged with domestic assault, felony reckless endangerment and going armed.
On Sunday at 6:15 a.m., Officer Dennis Brown of the Johnson City Police Department was dispatched to 132 Mayflower Road to check the premises for an enclosed trailer that had been reported stolen in Washington County.
When he arrived, Brown said there was a trailer in the driveway and the owner who had reported the trailer stolen was on the scene. While Brown was talking with the owner, he said a man got into a pickup truck at the residence and started the engine. Brown then pulled his cruiser behind the truck.
Brown identified the driver as Carrier. He noticed that Carrier kept placing his hands in his pockets and there was an odor of marijuana in the truck. Brown asked Carrier to stop putting his hands in his pockets so much. Carrier then pulled a knife out of his pocket and asked if he could put it down.
While he was putting the knife down, Brown said he noticed Carrier kept his hand closed. He asked Carrier to open his hand. When he did so, Brown found him in possession of a small bag of marijuana. A small bag of cocaine was also found.
Carrier was then charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana. He is scheduled to answer the charges in Sessions Court on Jan. 23.