MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Lawrence County Doctor Samuel Nixon Gillespie didn’t spend much time in his office Friday. He spent most of the day in jail. Deputies arrested the family physician on a charge of domestic violence. Gillespie posted bond and got out of jail late Friday afternoon.
Gillespie is also accused in an unrelated case of chasing down a 16-year old girl along Highway 24. He has not been arrested in that case. The girl and her father talked with WHNT NEWS 19.
Sheriff’s deputies could end up arresting the doctor again regarding Auburn Morris’ claims. She told WHNT NEWS 19 her nightmare began in the parking lot of the Moulton Wal-Mart. The 16-year-old had just come out of the store when she noticed the doctor.
Morris’ heart-pounding race started with a man’s whistle.
“I was just like OK, I don’t know what the guy is wanting. Anyway, he comes flying in behind me. I was like what the crap,” said Morris.
The teenager rushed to her car in the Wal-Mart parking lot to get away. She says she was forced to run a stop sign to get onto Highway 24.
“He kept going and going, like, right at me. He was trying to hit the back of me. I don’t know what he was doing,” added Morris.
Morris believes the man was Dr. Gillespie. The 58-year-old is a family physician in Moulton.
“If I had hit my brakes, he would have hit me. He was on me,” added Morris.
Auburn Morris’ father filed a police report.
“He almost killed my daughter last night. That’s a fact. If she was not a good driver like she is, who knows what he would have done,” said Ronald Morris.
“I’m kind of scared now. I could not sleep last night. It seriously startled me. I feared for my life,” added Auburn Morris.
The father and daughter told WHNT NEWS 19 sheriff’s deputies believe the doctor thought the teenager was his wife in another man’s car.
“I don’t know what his problem was and don’t know why he would think that. I have no idea,” added Morris.
WHNT NEWS 19 checked with the staff at the Lawrence County Jail to find out if Dr. Gillespie was charged in the Highway 24 chase. The jail guard said no and the charge will come once a warrant is signed. Deputies will then have to re-arrest the doctor.