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Carter County police say man exposed himself to traffic, threw coffee on officers

John Thompson • Dec 28, 2018 at 10:14 AM

ELIZABETHTON — David Allen Napier, 53, 1418 Broad St., Apt. 1, faces assault, public indecency and other charges stemming from a disturbance outside a church on the Sunday before Christmas, police said.

Lt. Larry Vaughn, Sgt. Christopher Reichenbach and Deputy Cody Farley of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call about the disturbance. Farley said when he arrived, he made contact with two men at Riverview Baptist Church, 1419 Broad St.

Farley said the men told him that Napier lives across the street and frequently harasses church members by making death threats. They said on this Sunday, Napier had been standing on the side of the road, across the street from the church, “mooning” traffic and exposing his genitals to oncoming cars. The men told Farley that while Napier was doing this, he was also cursing and making death threats at another church member.

The men said Napier approached the man in a threatening manner. The other men told Napier to leave the property. They said he responded by kicking one of the men in the stomach and slapping him in the face. They said Napier then returned to his residence.

Farley said the deputies went to Napier’s door. They said Napier met them from inside the door. They said he presented his wallet to them and told them he was the president of the United States.

The deputies said Napier then began screaming at them and stepped outside with a cup of hot coffee in his hand. The deputies said they ordered Napier to stop and place the cup of coffee on the ground. Farley said Napier refused the commands and instead threw the hot coffee on Vaughn and then threw the empty cup at Reichenbach.

The deputies then attempted to subdue Napier. Farley said that in the process, Napier kicked Reichenbach in the chin and clawed Vaughn’s face with his fingernails.

He was then taken into custody and charged with three counts of simple assault, one count of aggravated assault, indecent exposure and resisting arrest. He was placed in the Carter County Jail, with bond set at $50,000.

Napier made his first appearance in Carter County Sessions Court on Thursday. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. increased the bond to $250,000 and ordered Napier to have no contact with any of the victims. He ordered Napier to be back in court Jan. 8.

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