Man charged with assaulting girlfriend, stealing gasoline

By Abby Morris-Frye
star staff

  A Carter County man was arrested Monday morning on several charges, including assault after he alleged attacked his girlfriend and then stole gas from a service station.
  Charles James Court, 35, 372 Greenlee Rd., was arrested shortly before 8 a.m. Monday and charged with aggravated assault under domestic violence, theft and driving on a revoked license.
  According to reports, officers of the Carter County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to 372 Greenlee Rd. in reference to a domestic assault. "Upon arrival I found the Carter County Rescue Squad leaving with (the victim)," states CCSD Lt. Bobby Huffman. "After speaking with a neighbor it was determined that the assailant was Charles J. Court, the victim's boyfriend. (The neighbor) advised that he looked out and saw court beating the victim with a stick."
  The victim sustained a large laceration to her forehead, a black eye, a busted nose and several bruises and abrasions as a result of the assault.
  The victim advised officers that Court had also assaulted her the previous night at approximately 11:30 p.m., but that he had fled the scene before officers arrived. She also said Court had returned to the residence at approximately 6:30 a.m. Monday and entered the residence by busting in the door. She said she ran outside the residence and he began to assault her again.
  At that time, according to reports, officers began to search the area for the suspect. While officers were attempting to locate Court, they were advised by the 911 Communications Center that Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jerry Bradley had detained the suspect in a gas theft.
  Bradley had been at the Sunoco service station located at 1258 Milligan Highway investigating a theft of gas. Employees gave a description of the vehicle and told the officer that it was last seen traveling south on Jaynes Road, which is a dead end road.
  Bradley located the vehicle on Jaynes Road, and, according to reports, Court tried to escape.
  After a brief pursuit, Bradley was able to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver was identified as Court and his driver's license status was found to be revoked due to a conviction for DUI.
  "During the stop, (I) was advised that county officers were looking for Mr. Court in regards to a domestic assault," Bradley states in his report.
  Bradley took Court into custody on the charges of theft in connection with the stolen gas as well as driving on a revoked license. Huffman then charged him with aggravated assault due to the extent of the victim's injuries and the fact that a weapon had been used.
  Court is scheduled to appear in Carter County General Sessions Court on Oct. 19.