Bean Station Chief of Police steps down after son’s arrest

BEAN STATION (WATE) – Chief of Police Phillip Robinette has resigned following charges filed against his son.

In a press release Saturday, Bean Station Mayor Terry Wolfe said the decision came after Robinette’s son Nathaniel was arrested by Hawkins County deputies.

Nathaniel Robinette, 21, was arrested Friday after admitting to stopping a vehicle, acting like a police officer and detaining the victim while he searched the car.

A Hawkins County narcotics agent stopped Robinette’s yellow Chevrolet Colbalt later after receiving complaints of someone impersonating an officer.

A search of Robinette’s vehicle yielded two Bean Station Police Department badges, two Bean Station Police Department uniform badges, a Colt M-16 full automatic assault rifle and four magazines.


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