CLINTON, Tenn. (WVLT) -- "I was definitely in fear of my life," says Joshua Parker. And with good reason. Parker repossesses cars, and has seen plenty of angry folks not willing to give up their wheels.
"We have a lot of people come out with bats and guns and so forth. It's not really like it is on TV, but there is some threat of harm," said his boss Andy Parker.
Parker says he was just doing his job Friday when a man followed him on Mountain Road in Anderson County. "As soon as he had me blocked in two police cars showed up." He felt relieved at the sight of flashing blue lights, until things took a bizarre turn.
Said Parker, "I just said, 'okay, I'm repo, I'm backing up.' I thought that was going to be it, I thought I was going to turn and go to my car and next thing I know I'm getting attacked." Not by the man who followed him. Parker says Anderson County sheriff's deputies delivered the beat down.
"The first officer grabbed me and threw me straight into the vehicle." He blacked out from the impact. But it didn't end there. "He just began hitting me in the back of the head, and my head kept on hitting the concrete. I was bleeding all over the place. I had blood all over my face."
Bloodied, bruised and disoriented, Parker says he begged for an ambulance, but deputies seemed reluctant to call one.
I visited Sheriff Paul White's office for his version, but was told White was unavailable. Volunteer TV obtained Parker's arrest report, which paints a dramatically different picture.
The arresting officer says Parker approached in "...aggressive manner, waving his arms, and shouting." Cops say it was Parker's own "squirming on the ground" which caused his injuries, prompting deputies to request EMS.
Parker says his physical pain will heal over time but his mental anguish will be around for quite a while. Meantime, he remains free on bond pending his first court appearance.
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