Man faces felon firearm charges after shooting up car

An East Hamblen County man has been charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm for allegedly possessing a 9mm handgun long enough to blow approximately eight holes in a Dodge Durango that belongs to the mother of his children, according to an investigator.

This morning, the defendant James William White Jr., 30, County Line Road, remained in the Hamblen County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond. A witness reported hearing gunfire on Oct. 15, looking in that direction and seeing White holding a handgun, according to Detective Sgt. George Sauceman with the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department.

Sauceman also charged White with vandalism for allegedly damaging the upholstery of the 2006 Dodge, which belongs to a woman named Dakota Robinette. White and Robinette have at least three children together, according to the detective.

The vehicle is disabled and Robinette left it behind when she left White’s home during a recent argument involving White’s alleged substance abuse. When she returned with a wrecker driver to retrieve the pickup last Thursday, it was riddled with bullet holes, according to Sauceman,

The 9mm handgun belongs to Jacob Couch, who had been staying with the defendant, according to the detective, who says two of White’s three felony convictions in Hamblen County Criminal Court involve selling marijuana.