Grainger Today Editor
ROGERSVILLE – A California man was arrested Thursday, July 27 after reportedly evading officers and rolling backwards off the Hugh B. Day Bridge, on Route 66 in Rogersville. According to a press release issued by the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), officers received a report Nicholas Bryan, 36, was sitting on the side of the bridge. When a deputy approached the bridge in his patrol car, Bryan rolled off the side of the bridge, backwards. The deputy reportedly attempted to spot him in the water and called for rescue services. Rescue squads from Hawkins County, Church Hill, Hancock County, Bean Station and Greene County, along with the Persia Fire Department and HCSO, reportedly conducted a search throughout the night, both on land and in the water. During the course of the investigation, Bryan was reportedly found on Main Street in Rogersville and was identified as the man who had jumped off of the bridge. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after officers consulted with the Hawkins County District Attorney’s Office. He was taken into custody and booked into the Hawkins County Jail for safekeeping. Authorities said it is unknown why or how long Bryan has been in the area. Bryan allegedly refused to provide information as to why he jumped off the bridge.