Church Hill man charged with assaulting, holding woman her against her will


A Hawkins County man was arrested after the victim told police she was held against her will and punched in the face several times.

Michael Shane Smith, 29, of Church Hill, is charged with domestic assault, false imprisonment and interference with emergency calls, according to his official arrest report.

The victim told investigators that they had just returned to a trip from Gatlinburg on Sunday when they began arguing inside their car. Smith reportedly injured the woman's face so badly her face was covered in blood and she could not see.

Smith would not let the victim out of the car and threw her cell phone out the window, the report said.

Deputies found Smith hiding in the basement of his home and he was taken into custody.

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