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Former School Board Member Arrested

Monday, 08 August 2011


Bill Phillips

Forty-five year old former Knox County School Board Member, Bill Phillips, was arrested twice over the weekend.  He was arrested Saturday and charged with domestic assault.  Officers were called to 8100 Wood Road around 4:30 p.m. and found Phillips being restrained by his brother.  His wife told officers that Phillips refused to leave when she asked him to.  His brother, Michael, said he and his brother struggled as he tried to get him to leave.  Officers said that Phillips was unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred.  Phillips said that he had taken 2 Ambien pills and 1 Lexipro.  Phillips’ son told officers he was in fear for his safety because he thought his father was going to get his guns as he had during domestic matters in the past.  Phillips was booked at the Detention Facility at 8 p.m. and released on a $10,000 bond Sunday morning under conditions that he was not to contact his wife and stay away from the residence.

Officers again returned to the residence Sunday morning at 8 where Karen Phillips told them that her husband came to the residence and took her 2010 Lexus without her consent.   While officers were there, Phillips called his wife.  He asked to talk to an officer and told him that he didn’t intend to harm anyone and that he had only come to the residence to get his belongings.  The officer said in the report that during his conversation with Phillips that he seemed very distraught and seemed to be crying.  He refused to tell the officer where he was or where the car was.  He asked to speak to his wife again and told her before hanging up that he was going to kill himself.

Surrounding counties were advised and at 9:11 a Union County Sheriff’s Office Deputy saw Phillips traveling north on Maynardville Highway and initiated a traffic stop at which time Phillips made a u-turn and proceeded south on Maynardville Highway.  Phillips stopped on the Highway 33 Bridge and got out of the car and ran to the side of the bridge and climbed over the railing near the edge.  After a brief stand-off, the deputy grabbed Phillips by the arm and transported him to the Union County Jail.  Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputies later took custody of Phillips charging him with Violation of Conditional Release and transported him to Mercy North Hospital for a possible mental evaluation.




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