Bean Station chief of police steps down after son's arrest

Bean Station chief of police steps down after son's arrest

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Chief of Police Phillip Robinette (source: Bean Station Police Department) Chief of Police Phillip Robinette (source: Bean Station Police Department)
Nathaniel Robinette (source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office) Nathaniel Robinette (source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office)
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BEAN STATION (WATE) - Bean Station Chief of Police Phillip Robinette has resigned following charges filed against his son.

Mayor Terry Wolfe said in a press release issued Saturday the decision came after Robinette's son Nathaniel was arrested by Hawkins County deputies.

Nathaniel Robinette, 21, was arrested Friday after admitting to stopping a vehicle, acting like a police officer and detaining the victim while he searched the car.

A Hawkins County narcotics agent stopped Robinette's yellow Chevrolet Colbalt later after receiving complaints of someone impersonating an officer.

A search of Robinette's vehicle yielded two Bean Station Police Department badges, two Bean Station Police Department uniform badges, a Colt M-16 full automatic assault rifle and four magazines.

The younger Robinette faces several charges including criminal impersonation, false imprisonment and illegal possession of a prohibited weapon.

He was arrested and released on $10,000 bond. Robinette will appear in a Hawkins County general sessions court Monday.

The Bean Station Police Department is also conducting its own internal investigation.The findings will then be turned over to District Attorney Jimmy Dunn's office for review.

Sgt. Bryce Justice has been appointed as interim chief of police for the Bean Station Police Department.

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