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Kingsport man allegedly assaults grandmother, police

September 9th, 2015 8:30 pm by Nick Shepherd

Kingsport man allegedly assaults grandmother, police

Jonathan Salyer, 18

A Kingsport man, allegedly high on gravel, is accused of choking his grandmother, assaulting police officers and putting a dent in the side of a patrol car.

Around 6 p.m. on Labor Day, officers with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office responded to an assault call in Kingsport. Officers made contact with the victim, who stated her grandson, later identified as Jonathan Salyer, 18, 350 Gibbs Road, was yelling and not making sense.

She also told police that Salyer kept passing out and waking up. The victim said she called 911 at that time because she could not get him under control. While she was on the phone with 911 operators, Salyer allegedly put his arm around her neck and started choking her.

He then passed out, allowing her to get away. When he woke back up, he went outside and ran away before police arrived.

Later that same day, however, police were called about a motor vehicle theft on Shipp Springs Road. The responding officer was informed there was a suspicious person at the address who was in the back yard yelling and appeared to be on drugs.

It turned out to be Salyer.

According to the second victim, before he began yelling in the backyard, he allegedly got into the victim's vehicle and attempted to leave. When he could not, he got out and started yelling in the backyard.

When officers approached Salyer, he allegedly became violent toward SCSO officers. While attempting to place him under arrest, he began hitting and pushing the officers and attempted to take both of their firearms.

After officers got Salyer under control and in handcuffs, he kept yelling he had used gravel and smoked marijuana.

While walking towards EMS, Salyer again allegedly became violent and put a dent in the driver's side door of one of the patrol cars.

He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, theft of property (motor vehicles), vandalism, public intoxication and resisting stop, arrest. 

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