76-year-old charged with disrupting a public meeting, resisting arrest
- Eddie Overholt was accused of disrupting the meeting and charged with disorderly conduct
- Deputies then slapped him with a resisting arrest charge when he asked to sit down because he was tired
(Daily Mail) – Locals in a small Tennessee town are outraged after a 76-year-old man was arrested during a town hall hearing over a proposed pipeline because he asked board members to speak louder.
Eddie Overholt’s arrest came Friday after asking town board members to speak louder during a hearing to determine whether a gas company would be allowed to build a pipeline to dump waste into a local river.
‘Okay, I’m arrested,’ Overholt can be heard saying in a baritone drawl as he is escorted out of the Greenville Town Hall during a hearing with U.S. Nitrogen, according to WATE. The company wants a pipeline to the Nolichucky River.
Dozens of people attended the meeting, and Overholt claims regular citizens were set too far away from the moderation table to hear what was being said.
‘The board met up at the front of the room at a big table, had us roped off, and they were talking so low nobody could hear,’ Overholt told the station a few days after the arrest.
Overholt insists he only asked the board to speak louder and was accused of disrupting the meeting before being cuffed and walked out.
The septuagenarian was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, he said he plans to fight the charges.