The charges against a Gene Autry man continued to mount Wednesday afternoon following his alleged attack on three family members when Carter County deputies discovered his rural marijuana patch.
Undersheriff Milton Anthony said Marcus Hollenbeck was arrested after he wrecked his car on state Highway 53 while making multiple attempts to crash into a SUV driven by his girlfriend and occupied by the couple's baby and Hollenbeck's father.
"He was chasing them — trying to ram the SUV. Then he passed it and slammed on his brakes. He was trying to sideswipe the SUV when he fishtailed and crashed," Anthony said.
No one was injured as a result of the attack, which Anthony said was apparently motived by the girlfriend's attempt to leave the rural residence where she and the baby had been living with Hollenbeck.
Capt. Gregg Johnson, Carter County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Division, said it was during the investigation of the domestic assault that deputies discovered Hollenbeck was cultivating several large marijuana plants.
Prosecutors filed formal charges Friday against the 20-year-old, including two counts of domestic assault and battery with a deadly weapon (vehicle), two counts of domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor, and cultivation of marijuana. Hollenbeck made an initial appearance in district court Friday afternoon. Bond was set at $40,000.
Hollenbeck also faces a felony charge of malicious injury to property over $1,000 filed against him in January. He had posted bond in that case and was released from the Carter County Detention Center in February.
CCDC records Saturday indicated Hollenbeck remained jailed pending the posting of the new bond and/or the outcome of the case.