The blotter is derived from recent incident reports and central dispatch records of area police agencies.
Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office
Police were asked to assist with an unruly 8-year-old who had gotten into trouble at school, then came home to “spray her mother with suntan oil.”
A woman called dispatch to request “assistance changing her light bulb.”
A male “using the bathroom off the side of their home” prompted a woman to call police and complain of indecent exposure.
Officers at Bristol Motor Speedway were advised of an assault inside a portable toilet. The female victim and male suspect — who were both working at an attraction on the grounds — had been arguing throughout the day, according to their employer. When she entered a toilet the man followed her inside, punched her in the face then strangled her with both hands, lifting her feet off the ground. Co-workers restrained the man and notified authorities, who arrested him for aggravated assault.
Kingsport Police Department
Officers were alerted to suspicious individuals pushing a vehicle from the Kingsport Town Center and onto Fort Henry Drive. When spotted at a nearby gas station, the license displayed did not match a search of DMV records, while a woman pumping gas “immediately” jumped back inside as police approached. When the male driver was asked for his license , he accelerated away and hit another vehicle in the parking lot, then jumped a curb to flee the scene. At an adjacent business, two passengers bailed from the car, at which time one’s foot was run over by the rear wheel. They attempted to run away but were detained, while a pursuit of the vehicle was terminated for public safety. One person apprehended had felony warrants and was arrested, the other was charged with evading arrest. Charges were also filed against the driver, who was not immediately located.
The driver of a Cadillac Escalade made an illegal U-turn on Lynn Garden Drive, spurring a nearby officer to attempt a traffic stop. The suspect continued onto West Sullivan Street and Roller Street, then stopped in a parking lot and threw a plastic bag out of his window. It was later found to contain three grams of crack cocaine, while the man behind the wheel had no license. Marijuana was also located inside the vehicle. The driver was arrested on numerous charges, including possession of crack cocaine for resale in a school zone, tampering with evidence and performing an illegal turn.
A felony theft warrant was served on a man, stemming from an incident eight months prior. That’s when a jewelry store in the mall reported the theft of 12 watches valued at $4,500. An arrest report does not specify how the arrested man was tabbed as a suspect.
A patrol officer observed that the operator of a Dodge Neon was not wearing his seat belt. When a traffic stop was initiated on Fairview Avenue, the suspect pulled into the front lawn of a residence, “accelerated rapidly through several yards” and nearly hit a woman who was outside of her home. The driver — described as having a “red beard and tattoos all over” — narrowly missed striking the female by only three feet, soliciting a response from her by yelling “You idiot!” The car was later located at a nearby residence, but the driver wasn’t present. He was positively identified through interviews with other people, leading to a warrant being obtained for felony reckless endangerment.
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