The sheriff of Bradley County has been indicted and booked into jail on charges that he held vehicle titles that had been forged or altered.
Media outlets reported Sheriff Eric Watson was booked into jail on Friday.
The district attorney for Tennessee's 4th Judicial District said in a statement that Watson was indicted this week on charges of holding or using certificates of title for six different motor vehicles, knowing that the titles had been altered, forged, or falsified.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Watson has been accused of buying used police vehicles on a government auction site and selling them without a license.
In a statement, Watson said he will continue to cooperate with authorities and he has planned to waive his arraignment and plead not guilty.