Knoxville man found guilty of hiding to avoid being served summons

William Burgess (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville man was found guilty Friday after police say he tried to dodge service of a civil summons for a credit card debt in 2013.

William Charles Burgess, 52, was found guilty of resisting, obstruction and evading.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office says the incident began on October 24, 203 when Burgess hid at his mother’s house on Oak Ridge Highway while officers were trying to serve a summons to appear in small claims court over credit card debt owed to Discover Bank. Deputies found him wrapped in plastic, hiding in a crawl space. Deputies say he kicked a K-9 as officers tried to take him into custody.

The day before when officers tried to serve the summons, deputies say Burgess accelerated a dump truck at the deputy, then drove recklessly through a field near a school.


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