Hawkins inmate's bond revoked after alleged theft attempt from bondsman

Jeff Bobo • Dec 11, 2018 at 6:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Freedom was interrupted for a Kingsport man being bonded out of the Hawkins County Jail Sunday evening after he was allegedly spotted rifling through some things in his bail bondman's car.

Upon being returned to jail by the bondsman, Jimmy Allen Nichols, 32, 130 Carters Valley Road, Kingsport, then was allegedly found in possession of narcotics.

Around 6:35 p.m. Sunday bonding agent Casey Hunt told the HCSO he'd just bonded out Nichols from the Hawkins County Jail on charges including joyriding, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and pubic intoxication.

Hunt reportedly told HCSO Deputy Stacy Vaughan that he observed Nichols going through items in his car, including Hunt's mother's purse.

Hunt stated that he confronted Nichols about the possible theft and attempted to escort him back into the Hawkins County Jail to revoke his bond and have him placed back in custody.

A scuffle ensued between Hunt and Nichols, and jail staff had to intervene.

While Hunt was preparing paperwork to revoke Nichols' bond, Vaughan reportedly observed Nichols acting nervous and "rambling with his statements."

Vaughan then searched Nichols and allegedly found him in possession of a small tube containing 10 Subutex pills, as well as one Suboxone strip.

Nichols was additionally charged with two counts of possession III narcotics.

On Monday Nichols was released for the Hawkins County Jail on $2,000 bond.

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