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Tennessee politician arrested for habit of masturbating out car window at 90 mph

By David Ferguson
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 11:58 EDT
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Three women testified last week in the trial of former Mount Carmel, Tennessee Vice-Mayor William Blakely, who is charged with exposing himself to multiple women while driving over the course of years.

According to Johnson City’s WJHL News Channel 11, Blakely repeatedly harassed women while driving, even going so far as to hang his genitals out the car window while driving at speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour.

While the run-ins with Blakely happened at different places and different times, all of the women’s stories began the same way, with Blakely pulling up alongside them on the highway, then starting to wave and try to catch their attention.

Deanna Dykes described Blakely as “Waving, grabbed his shirt, kind of pulled it up,” she said.

Another woman, Kelly Street said, “After the waving, it turned into a lot of beeping, him grabbing his chest area, and asking me going ‘please, please’ (clasping hands together) with his hands, may I… show me yours.”

“He was taking his hand, wetting his mouth, and masturbating,” said Deborah Sturgill. “I was scared that I was gonna wreck, he was gonna cause me to wreck.”

“At over 90 miles per hour, he had his penis out [the window],” said Sturgill “He was masturbating… and that’s when it got really, really bad. I wouldn’t look over any more, and I wrote his tag number down on my hand, which I believe he noticed, and he exited very quickly.”

Detective Terry Christian of the Kingsport, Tennessee Police Department said that her department has received dozens of complaints over the years about Blakely from women ages 16 to 65, but it was Rice’s quick thinking in writing down his tag number that enabled authorities to track him down.

“It went on for so long and nobody’s addressed it,” Christian said.

Last week’s testimony was an important turning point in that the women were able to overcome their fear and embarrassment and report the incidents.

“It’s important to make that report because if you don’t, they’re gonna feel that they can continue that offense and continue victimizing more females. And that might be your best friend, your daughter, your mother, your aunt, your niece. And you need to make that report because that’s what’s going to eventually stop that type of behavior,” said Christian.

Several more witnesses are reportedly ready to come forward as part of a grand jury investigation into the crimes.

Watch the video, embedded via WJHL, News Channel 11:

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
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