MORLEY, TN (WLAF) – A call around 2:30am of a possible burglary sent Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Fox to 503 Knotty Pine Lane last Thursday. When he arrived, he found Eric Cecil King attempting to walk down the road away from the residence. Fox stopped and spoke with King who was continually speaking about things that did not exist and continued to attempt to talk to people who were not there. King stated multiple times that it was his dad’s property and he wasn’t hurting anything, he was just cleaning out the back building.
When Deputy Fox attempted to pat King down for weapons, King pulled away and began walking toward the road ignoring Fox’s command to stop. He then ordered him to place his hands behind his back to be placed under arrest. King refused and continued to walk to the road
A little later, Deputy Tim Powers joined Fox and was able to put King on the ground and place him under arrest, according to a report from the sheriff’s office. King was placed in the patrol car so deputies could speak with the victim. The victim reported that King had entered the property and started throwing things around in the yard then went to the back building, started throwing things out of the building and eventually tore down the door. The report notes that there was miscellaneous trash and debris thrown around the yard and that the wall to the shed had been ripped off and thrown in the yard.
King, 33, 351 Hwy 90, Morley was charged with burglary, vandalism, public intoxication and resisting arrest.
On Thursday, King appeared in court and had his hearing reset for March 15. He remains housed in the Campbell County Jail this morning on a $2,000 secure bond. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/04/2022-6AM)