A former Knox County Sheriff officer died Monday night, according to a press release from the Knox County Sheriff's Office (KCSO). Jason Williams, 40, was ejected from his car after he hit a fence on West Raccoon Valley Road. He was pronounced dead at UT Hospital, the release stated. Speed was reported as a contributing factor to the crash.
Williams was arrested by KCSO on Aug. 16 and fired on Aug. 19. He was a corrections officer for KCSO and had worked there since August 2003, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. Williams allegedly stole a purse and a vehicle, while intoxicated, from a woman at Cotton Eyed Joes, a West Knoxville nightclub.
Examiner reported on August 19:
Williams told officers that he found the bag and used the key fob to attempt to locate the owner. Instead, Williams allegedly got in the vehicle and drove it to the other end of the parking lot, parked it and walked back to the club when he was confronted by three witnesses and held until officers arrived.
"The officers stated that you were unsteady on your feet, had watery blood shot eyes, slurred speech and had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about your breath," the sheriff wrote.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Williams was charged with "first-offense DUI, two counts of felony theft and one count of misdemeanor theft."