LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – A man allegedly left his treatment facility and wound up in jail. LaFollette Police Officer Anthony Mahar was dispatched to 1320 Jacksboro Pike on Wed., Oct. 25, around 11am about someone being on property with a no contact order out against him.

When Mahar arrived, he made contact with Joseph Crockett King who was yelling and acting agitated, according to a report from the LaFollette Police Department. When Mahar asked the man what he was doing on the property he allegedly said he didn’t know what was going on.

Mahar spoke with the victim who said she had called the district attorney’s office and told them that King was on the property and would not leave. The victim continued that King was supposed to be in a treatment facility, but he left early against a court order, according to the report.

Mahar called to confirm the situation and was told the judge was signing a take into custody form, and King needed to be transported to the Campbell County Jail. Mahar was joined by Officer Austin Tindell who searched King. Tindell asked King if he had anything on him, and King allegedly said he had suboxone in his pocket. He was then asked if there was anything in his pockets that could stick or poke him, and he replied no. Tindell reached in King’s right shorts pocket and allegedly found a syringe. When he searched the left pocket, he found three more syringes. King was placed under arrest and transported to the jail.

King, 41, 1117 West Central Avenue, LaFollette, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule III controlled substance and violation no contact order. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/02/2023-6AM)