State Rep. David Hawk says he didn’t hit his wife, despite his arrest Sunday on charges that he struck her in the face while holding their 11-month old daughter.
“I did not harm my wife,” the Greeneville Republican said at the state Capitol. “Yesterday morning my wife had a gun and told me she was going to put a bullet in my head while I was holding my baby.”
Hawk, chairman of the Environment and Conservation committee and five-term member of the state House, said he had read an upsetting text message on his wife, Crystal Hawk’s, phone Sunday morning after they spent a night out drinking.
“We had been to an event, a social event, Saturday evening. We had stopped at a location, had a drink with some friends. She had a martini, I had a beer,” he said. “She drank a little bit at the event. We went back to the previous location, she had another martini. There was, of course, nothing in the morning.”
Hawk’s wife said her husband hit her in the face, knocking her to the ground while she held their daughter, according to the police report filed with the Greene County Sheriff’s Department Sunday. The report said she had “obvious signs on her face and arms of assault against her.”
Rep. Hawk said he did not know where the bruises or the gun came from.
Hawk said he will speak with House GOP leadership about whether he should retain his chairmanship. “There is still a lot of water that must go under the bridge before that decision (can) be made,” he said.
He has a court date set for May 21.