A member of the Washington County Board of Education was arrested on a charge of simple assault related to his girlfriend, the Johnson City Press reported.
David L. Hammond, 50, of Johnson City, was served with an arrest warrant Friday, the newspaper said. The alleged assault happened about 11:15 p.m. Thursday.
According to the arrest report, the victim told police that she and her boyfriend were having relationship trouble and had been fighting. She showed police bruises on her arms and torso where she said Hammond had grabbed her two days ago. She added that a similar incident occurred Thursday evening because of his “drug and alcohol consumption.”
While police were talking to the girlfriend, Hammond called her, WJHL reported. Officers said his speech was allegedly slurred and he “sounded extremely intoxicated.” Police went to his home to arrest him. No one came to the door, but police saw someone look through a blind on an upstairs window. Hammond was arrested Friday at Restore Community Church, WJHL said.
Hammond is in the Washington County Jail, WJHL said. The report said officers advised the girlfriend to get a protection order.
Hammond’s arrest has not yet shown up on the intake report at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
The Press reported in 2015 that Hammond was charged with misdemeanor domestic assault involving his wife but that the charges were later dismissed and expunged.
Hammond was elected to the Washington County School Board in 2010 to represent the Third District, according to his biography on the board’s website. He graduated from Unicoi County High School and attended East Tennessee State University before graduating from the Gemological Institute of America. He operates a commercial and apartment rental company, and is licensed in health and life insurance.
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