July 25, 2011 1:11:00 PM
CHULAHOMA -- A tow truck driver from Horn Lake was held on $200,000 bond Sunday after allegedly dragging a man 85 feet down a gravel driveway while repossessing a car in Marshall County.
James Charles Smith, 31, remained in jail Sunday, three days after he was arrested on a charge of felony assault against Lee Vie Cox of the Chulahoma area, authorities said.
Smith went to Cox''s home about 3 a.m. Thursday to repossess a 1992 Cadillac Deville, Sheriff Kenny Dickerson told The Commercial Appeal. Investigators said Cox ran after the truck to try to stop the repossession, fell, and was dragged under his car.
The tow truck didn''t stop, and Cox''s family found him later in the driveway, Dickerson said.
Cox suffered head injuries, a broken arm and shoulder and several other injuries, the newspaper said.
Staffers at Regional Medical Center in Memphis did not immediately return a call asking for an update on his condition Sunday.
Deputies at the jail Sunday did not know whether Smith has an attorney.
"We''ve had incidents with repo people before, but never where someone has been injured," said sheriff''s Maj. Kelly McMillen, one of the investigators.
Marshall County authorities would not say whether Smith was a private tow truck driver or for which wrecking company or repossession company he took the car.
mississippian commented at 7/26/2011 7:02:00 AM:
Free the repo man. He was only doing his job.The Cadillac was being towed away and the owner chased after it. How dumb can you get to run after a vehicle and get between two moving vehicles.
dm commented at 7/26/2011 12:58:00 PM:
While the repo man was doing his job, his job ISN'T to drag a man down the highway. If the owner wouldn't let him take the car he should've called the police on the guy. The owner of the company the guy works for could get sued.
jp2011 commented at 7/27/2011 2:04:00 AM:
I guess running someone over and then fleeing the scene would classify them as doing their job.. Sounds about right, yeah..
jaymike76 commented at 7/27/2011 6:42:00 AM:
I'm for the Repo man. How dumb do you have to be to mess with them. Just pay your dog gone bill and you can get your car back or even pay it on time and this would have never happened.
devildog commented at 7/27/2011 8:30:00 AM:
ALL I CAN SAY I'M A LOCAL REPO AGENT AND HAVE BEEN GOING ON 18 YRS NOW I KNOW THIS REPO AGENT IF THAT IS WHAT YOU WANT TOO CALL HIM HE GOES BY "CHIP" HE IS A TRUE IDIOT !! I WOULD JUST LIKE TO DEFEND US REPO AGENT WE HAVE A VERY HARD JOB TOO DO AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPEN THAT NIGHT BUT I WOULD BET HE CAUSED THE OUTCOME PLEASE DON'T THINK ALL OF THE LOCAL RECOVERY AGENT'S IN THIS AREA ACT LIKE THIS GUY . MOST OF US ARE VERY PROFESSIONAL AT OUR LINE OF WORK . YOU HAVE THE (BAD SEED ) IN ALL LINE OF WORK. WE DON'T START PROBLEMS WITH PEOPLE. THEY START PROBLEMS WITH US. WE OUR DOING OUR JOBS JUST THINK IF THEY HAD PAYED THERE CAR NOTE WE WOULD NOT BE THERE AND WHY DOES IT MATTER WHAT TIME WE SHOW UP ? WE STILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO OUR JOBS .
jp2011 commented at 7/27/2011 12:18:00 PM:
When you're showing up on someones private property at 3 in the morning you're taking a risk of life and death.
devildog commented at 7/27/2011 4:29:00 PM:
Well I say you pay your car note and you don't have to worrie about some one at your house at 3am. Or any other time .how about doing the right thing and pay for your car like you said you would when you singned your sales contract...
concerned commented at 7/27/2011 5:43:00 PM:
Devildog, All land in Mississippi is posted. You have to have written permission to be on someone else's land. To go uninvited and not showing any credentials is inappropriate. The repo man should have involved contacted the owner of the car first. If the repo guy ran into any problem, he should have contacted the sheriff's department to follow him on a second trip to avoid any issues. The owner of the car could have thought the repo man was a thief. There is a propper way to do anything, and when someone uses a vehicle to run over a human because the vehicle is *bigger*, it's unacceptable. .
devildog commented at 7/27/2011 10:27:00 PM:
concerned, I agree totally that this particular repo man is an idiot. I only say this because i know him. Please refer to my first comment. Like i said before I have been reposessing cars in Mississippi for the last 18 years. I am also a national certified recovery agent and your comment that all land in mississipi is posted is not true. If you read any sales contract on a vehicle, it states "in fine print" you give us permission to recover the collateral if you breach the sales contract terms and agreement. this includes coming onto your property, which your vehicle is an attachment on your property in mississippi, to obtain of the vehicle. And to also comment of the sheriff's dept to go out there with if it's a problem, it is also untrue. Reposession in mississippi, as a civil matter. Unless it becomes criminal and in this case it did. I will also in form you that I was a deputy for sheriff county for 4 years. So I have worked both sides of the fence. I hope this clarifies your last comment.
devildog commented at 7/27/2011 10:35:00 PM:
I would also like to say, if you know you are behind on your car note on a 1992 Cadillac approximately worth 500.00 and a black repo truck is hooked up to it. worth over 50,000 do you actually want these people to believe he is a thief? who steals a 92 cadillac? come on people think.
jessewh commented at 8/1/2011 5:18:00 AM:
I just had a 1976 chevy truck stolen out of my garage. So yeah people steal cars not worth much money.
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