LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Campbell County Sheriff’s Sergeant Joshua Jeffers responded to the Dollar General Store on Calhoun Rd at General Stiner Hwy on April 5 for a call of an alleged shoplifter. When Jeffers arrived, he spoke to William Tyler Brim. He then talked with the clerk who showed him video of Brim taking items and placing them in his pocket. The store clerk explained that Brim could pay for the items, and they wouldn’t press charges, according to a report from the sheriff’s office.
Jeffers then walked to Brim who stated before Jeffers could say anything “I just remembered I put this chewing gum into my pocket, and I forgot to pay for it.” Brim went back into the store and paid for the four packs of gum. While Brim was inside the store, the sergeant ran a routine warrant check that revealed Brim had an active warrant out of Claiborne County Criminal Court for violation of probation.
Jeffers told Brim he had a warrant and was instructed to turn around and place his hands behind his back, because he was being placed under arrest for the warrant. The man refused to turn around and attempted to walk past Jeffers, but he was able to get Brim’s right arm and turn him around still giving him verbal commands, according to the report. After placing the man’s left arm behind his back, Brim began to tense up and attempted to pull his left arm away. Brim jerked away and began running through the parking toward General Carl W. Stiner Hwy. Deputy Andy Ray and Jeffers were able to catch Brim approximately 20 ft. away from where he began running. He continued attempting to pull away and was taken to the ground where he continued resisting. After a brief struggle he was placed into handcuffs and transported to the Campbell County Jail.
Brim, 34, 1826 Back Valley Road, Speedwell, was charged with resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest by intentionally pulling away from an officer obstructing the officer from making a lawful arrest and violation of probation out of Claiborne County Criminal Court. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/15/2022-6AM)