Ex-Knox County school board member arrested twice in 1 weekend

Ex-Knox County school board member arrested twice in 1 weekend

Bill Phillips (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Bill Phillips (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Former Knox County School Board Member Bill Phillips was arrested twice over the weekend. 

The sheriff's office says Phillips was arrested Saturday and charged with domestic assault. 

Officers were called to 8100 Wood Road around 4:30 p.m. where they found Phillips being restrained by his brother, Michael.

Phillips' wife, Karen, told officers he refused to leave when she asked him to. Michael said he and his brother struggled as he tried to get him to leave.

Officers said Phillips was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech. Phillips said he'd taken two sleeping aid pills called Ambien and one antidepressant called Lexipro.

Phillips' son told officers he feared for his safety because he thought his father was going to get his guns as he had during past domestic matters.

Phillips was booked into the Knox County Detention Facility at 8:00 p.m.

He was released on a $10,000 bond Sunday morning under conditions that he not contact his wife and stay away from the home.

Officers returned to the home Sunday morning at 8:00 because Karen Phillips said her husband came and took her 2010 Lexus without her consent.

Phillips called Karen while officers were there. He asked to talk to an officer, saying he didn't intend to harm anyone and he'd only come to the home to get his belongings. 

The officer's report said Phillips 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, telling her he was going to kill himself. The sheriff's office advised surrounding counties.

At 9:11, a Union County sheriff's deputy saw Phillips driving north on Maynardville Highway and tried to pull him over.

Phillips made a U-turn, stopped on the Highway 33 Bridge, got out of the car, ran to the side of the bridge and climbed over the railing.

After a brief stand-off, the deputy grabbed Phillips by the arm and took him to the Union County Jail.

Knox sheriff's deputies later took custody of Phillips and charged him with violation of conditional release. They took to Mercy North Hospital for a possible mental evaluation.

Phillips was already facing drug charges in Knox and Union counties. He's indicted in Union County for allegedly trying to buy a prescription sleeping aid through fraud. He also faces two counts of acquisition of a controlled substance, fraud or forgery and one count of identity theft in Knox County.

Bill Phillips resigned from the school board in January 2010 following a guilty plea for misdemeanor assault,

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