Hawkins County deputies returned to the Beech Creek area on Feb. 28 after TBI officials identified points of interest in the area. However, Summer Wells remains missing. Investigators have not given up hope of finding her, and they ask anyone with information to contact them at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
Don Wells was spotted driving a white GMC truck
Don Wells, 51, was spotted driving a white GMC pickup truck on June 15 in Kingsport, Tennessee. The incident led to his arrest. He pled guilty to possessing a firearm while intoxicated and a gun-related charge. Other charges, including domestic assault, were dropped. He received one year’s supervised probation and 96 hours of community service. His weapon was forfeited to the sheriff’s department. He is a father of two daughters and grandfather of four children. His wife Darlene described him as a caring and sensitive person.
The deputy who pulled him over noticed his bloodshot eyes and a strong alcohol odor. He also spotted a large bottle of liquor in the passenger seat. Wells admitted to having several shots of alcohol, but said he had borrowed the bottle from his wife after a dispute. The bottle was about half-empty.
Don Wells is the father of missing 5-year-old Summer Wells. The white GMC truck was spotted on the side of the road as Don Wells attempted to make a left turn. The driver ended up in a grassy shoulder, so an officer pulled him over and performed a sobriety test. Wells told police that he had drunk a couple of shots before he started driving. He was arrested for driving under the influence, driving with an open container, driving a vehicle without insurance, and violating financial responsibility laws.
The officers questioned Wells and performed a field sobriety test. Wells’ field sobriety test showed that he was impaired as he failed to make heel-to-toe contact five times and repeatedly stepped off the line. He also reportedly used his arms to balance himself on a one-legged stand and repeatedly dropped his foot and bent his knee.
Don Wells was arrested for driving under the influence
The arrest of Don Wells was surprising, since it was the same day that Summer Wells’ parents were arrested for driving under the influence. But he has now agreed to speak to the Times News about his criminal past. Since the disappearance of the little girl, the Wells family has faced great scrutiny. And they are not the only ones. The search for Summer Wells continues.
Wells has a son who has previously pleaded guilty to sexual indecency with a child. He is also a father of two, and his arrest was a result of the emotional toll that Summer’s disappearance had taken on him. After a day of being arrested, Wells and his wife, Bly, told the judge that they were attending classes to gain custody of their sons and were working full time. In the meantime, Don Wells’ sons were taken away by child protective services.
In court, Wells claimed it was his first DUI, but the state dropped the other charges against him. However, his conviction triggered a violation of his probation for a previous charge of possession of a handgun while intoxicated. Despite the guilty plea, he was still required to serve the remainder of his sentence in the Hawkins County jail.
Don Wells, the father of Summer Wells, was arrested on Sunday for driving under the influence. The officer pulled his vehicle over after noticing him driving on a grassy shoulder. He allegedly failed a sobriety test and told the officer he had been drinking a few shots.
Don Wells was shot in the head during a sobriety test
On October 16, Don Wells, 39, of Indianapolis, was driving a white GMC. He was turning left on a grassy shoulder when he was pulled over by an officer. The officer administered a sobriety test to Wells. He was found to be intoxicated and failed it, so the officer arrested him. Wells admitted to having taken a few shots before taking the test, and said that he did not remember much of the incident. The officer also found out that his car was registered expired and that he could not prove financial responsibility.
The deputy noticed Wells’ bloodshot eyes and could smell alcohol. He also saw a large bottle of alcohol in the passenger seat. He asked Wells if he had consumed alcohol and Wells responded, “A couple of shots.” The deputy also saw that Wells had taken the bottle from his wife during a heated argument. The bottle was about half empty.
After Don Wells’ arrest, he was taken to the Hawkins County jail. He was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence. The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office reported that the arrest took place about 10:14 p.m. on Oct. 31. The driver of the GMC attempted to make a left turn but veered off the road, onto a grass shoulder. Don Wells was the driver. Summer Wells, his 6-year-old daughter, is missing.
Wells’ family was in Rogersville, Tennessee, where Don Wells lived with his wife and four children. The shooting took place while Wells was driving a white GMC Sonoma. Wells’ vehicle was later found abandoned in a field. The incident happened while he was driving home. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating the case and has not ruled out foul play.
Don Wells’ home was “dangerous”
Don Wells claimed in a podcast that his home was “dangerous” and his three sons had been removed from the home. This was in response to threats made on social media. Wells had two litters of puppies and kept several dogs on his property. On the podcast, he confirmed that child services had been involved in the removals of his sons.
Don’s sons were removed from the family two weeks after Summer disappeared, claiming the children were in danger from psychics and youtubers. He later acknowledged that the removal was related to his chaotic lifestyle and home, as well as his drug and alcohol abuse. Child protective services had previously been made aware of Don’s violent behavior and said his home was a danger to the children.
Afterwards, Wells was arrested on a variety of charges. The police took him to Hawkins County jail, where he was charged with domestic assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a handgun. Wells pleaded guilty to all three charges. He said he and Bly didn’t agree on what was acceptable.
Wells’ home had been described as “dangerous” by Summer’s mother, who claimed that the family received threats on social media. In addition, Don Wells claimed that people who claimed to be psychics had visited his home and he had been warned. Summer was not at home when she disappeared.
Search for Summer Wells’ remains hit a wall
As the search for Summer Wells’ human remains enters its fourth year, police in Tennessee continue to be frustrated by a lack of clarity. Despite hundreds of tips, they have not located Summer’s body. A $40,000 reward has been offered for information leading to Summer’s recovery. Her mother, Candus Bly, has denied accusations that her daughter was murdered.
Summer Wells’ case has captivated the nation and the world. Her disappearance began with an endangered child alert on June 15, and progressed to an AMBER alert on June 16. The search for Summer Wells continues, and her parents have prayed for her return. As the search for her remains moves forward, authorities are seeking a red or maroon Toyota Tacoma with a ladder rack. The driver of this vehicle is not considered a suspect, but a possible witness.
Summer Wells’ family believe that her kidnapper came down the hill behind the family’s home on 15 June. They believed that she was abducted and was forced into the car. However, the alleged kidnapper took off in the car. A police dog tracked her scent in the woods, but it was not able to find her. Despite the lack of concrete evidence, the family remain hopeful that they will find Summer’s human remains in the coming days.
The deputy also spoke to Bly without fear and reported that he did not touch Bly. Bly had been drinking when Wells arrived. He said there were no signs of a fight in the house. It is not clear whether the two were arguing when Wells arrived at the house, and the two were arguing. Bly was wearing a cigarette with her left thumb.
TBI asks for public’s help in identifying the remains
The TBI has asked the public to help in identifying Summer Wells’ human remains, and it’s not just a case of finding a missing person. The search has been going on for more than two weeks, with more than 106 agencies participating. The TBI is appealing for help identifying Summer’s remains, and has also asked for information about the truck Summer was seen driving. The truck is described as a red Toyota Tacoma with a full bed ladder rack and white buckets in the bed. It’s still unclear whether Summer was seen driving the truck, but the TBI is asking residents to look at trail and security camera footage.
TBI officials said Tuesday that their efforts were hindered by the rugged terrain. The area where Summer Wells vanished was extremely steep and hazardous. As a result, it will take more time to conduct a thorough search. Investigators are still working on the case, and if anyone has information about her whereabouts, they’re asked to contact them at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
Investigators continue to search the area where Summer Wells disappeared on June 15, 2021. They are working with the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office and FBI to find answers to the missing child’s disappearance. While they’ve interviewed over 170 people in the area, nothing has been found yet.