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Routine stop draws questions ...


It was a case of mistaken identity last Wednesday morning, Sept. 14, that had Farragut AmSouth customers and some passersby wondering why five Knox County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars had blue lights flashing in the front of the bank, located at 11513 Kingston Pike, surrounding an older model van in the parking lot. KCSO Sgt. Carl King (pictured, middle) reported he stopped the van, driven by Melissa Watson, because its license tags were expired, and “I noticed problems with exhaust,” King said.

When King ran the tags, he added, “It came back with a hit.” The tags were registered to Watson’s passenger and husband, William Watson, whose name and social security number matched that of a wanted man characterized as “violent,” King said. By comparing physical characteristics of the two Watsons, the officers determined William Watson’s innocence because he was not missing a finger as reported of the wanted man. King issued a citation to Melissa Watson for expired tags. Watson’s wife was driving, King said, because her husband’s driver’s license was expired. Before departing the bank, Melissa Watson told farragutpress that she believed someone stole the van’s original tag and replaced it with the expired tag. “We’re just hard working family people,” she said. Officers Jeff Riddle (far left) and Clint Doss (far right) worked the scene with King. To ensure safety, the officers asked AmSouth customers and staff to remain inside the bank until the situation was resolved.

 

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