Nashville man arrest for Chapel Hill crimes

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Nashville man was arrested last month for crimes allegedly committed in Chapel Hill last year.

Gerald E. Duncan, 59, was arrested on Feb. 21, on warrants for burglary, theft over $1,000, and public intoxication. His total bond was set at $38,000, and his next court appearance is March 9.

Duncan filled out an affidavit of indigency, which states that his only income is a "Navy pension," and he is represented in General Sessions court by the public defender's office.

In the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 23, Marshall County Sheriff's deputies thought they were being dispatched to "a wreck with a possible drunk driver and drunk passenger," as Deputy Greg Levi wrote in his report. Levi and Deputy Lindsey Cook arrived at a home on Thick Road, Chapel Hill, to find a Ford Explorer stuck in the ditch.

"Upon arrival both subjects in the vehicle were drunk but they had not wrecked. It appeared they were leaving the residence and drove into the yard and got stuck," Levi reported.

Duncan and Christopher Lovett, 32, of Franklin, were "unsteady on their feet and their eyes were bloodshot with pinpoint pupils," according to Cook's report.

Levi followed muddy footprints leading away from the vehicle and found a Spectra Precision Laser, value: $2,000, and a tripod used for land surveying concealed in tall grass 30 to 40 yards away.

Joseph Daughrity of Thick Road identified the survey equipment and said it had been stolen from his truck, along with other items that were found in the men's Explorer.

Duncan was turned away from Marshall County Jail because he could not stand unaided. He was transported to Marshall Medical Center and later to Maury Regional Hospital.

Lovett was initially charged with public intoxication, but Detective Bob Johnson later signed warrants on him for burglary and theft over $1,000 as well. Lovett's total bond was set at $38,000. According to Cook's report, at the time of his arrest Lovett stated he was on parole for burglary and theft.