Elderly Oak Ridge judge charged with assault after allegedly hitting good Samaritan with car

William Tunnell (source: Anderson County Sheriff's Office)

OAK RIDGE (WATE) – An elderly alternate Oak Ridge judge has been charged with aggravated assault after a November incident in which he allegedly hit a man with his vehicle.

William L. Tunnell, 94, is charged with aggravated assault.

Oak Ridge police say they were called to the intersection of W. Outer Drive and Waltham Lane on November 21, 2014 around 6:13 p.m. for a call of an elderly man who had fallen. While en route, officers were told the man had hit another man with his vehicle.

When officers arrived, they recognized the elderly man as Tunnell and the victim as Charles Smallwood.

Deputies say witnesses and Smallwood told them Tunnell had fallen as he was walking back to his vehicle. They helped him back up and to his vehicle.

They noticed a large cut on Tunnell’s head and said he should remain at the scene until medical help arrived. Smallwood said he stepped in front of Tunnell’s car to keep him from driving away.

At that point, Smallwood said Tunnell told him to “Move you [expletive] or I will run you over.” Tunnell then allegedly put his car in drive and struck Smallwood, knocking him to the ground.

Smallwood was taken to UT Medical Center for treatment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s