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Hawkins constable facing felony charges in traffic stop

Jeff Bobo • Feb 8, 2019 at 2:44 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County constable is facing felony charges for allegedly conducting a traffic stop with blue lights and detaining his “suspect” two weeks before he took office.

William Davis Creasy II was elected District 1 constable in the Aug. 2, 2018  Hawkins County general election to represent far eastern Hawkins County in and around Allandale and Mount Carmel.

However, he didn’t officially take office until Sept. 1

Creasy, 64, 3909 Rocky Hill Lane, was served Friday with a sealed Hawkins County grand jury indictment warrant charging him with official misconduct and official oppression, both of which are Class E felonies punishable by 1-2 years.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Aug. 15, 2018 in which Creasy conducted a traffic stop with blue lights on a man who resides in his neighborhood.

Creasy told the Times News Friday he is seeking legal assistance and has no comment at this time.

Multiple law enforcement officials from the area who asked not to be identified have told the Times News they are concerned about Creasy and other county constables who conduct traffic stops and respond to police calls even though they aren’t police-academy trained. 

Although constables do receive some training from the state, they aren’t required to graduate the police academy or be certified law enforcement officers.

Creasy is an Air Force veteran who retired from Eastman Chemical Co. in 2009 as a control systems tech associate with 32 years of service. 

He also operates a dog training business.

Creasy was released from the Hawkins County Jail Friday on $10,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment in Hawkins County Criminal Court on April 26.  

   

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