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Test-driving truck to move furniture nets Kingsport arrest

Rain Smith • Apr 25, 2019 at 9:17 AM

The blotter is derived from recent incident reports and central dispatch records of local police agencies.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

April 20

Police responded to Burger King in Blountville due to a man in the roadway “causing a traffic hazard.” He was found to have a large amount of dried blood on his face, but refused to say if he had been assaulted. Instead, he mumbled obscenities toward officers. After police arrested him for public intoxication, they located meth in his pocket.

April 24

On Fort Henry Drive, a deputy stopped a Volkswagen displaying a license plate for a different vehicle. The driver’s license was found to be suspended, and he had a warrant for violating probation. His female passenger was wanted on the same charge. A search of their car located methamphetamine, along with 117 syringes. Both now face drug charges.

Kingsport Police Department

April 17

— A former employee of a Kingsport insurance company turned herself in to police. Warrants had charged her with two counts of felony fraud, as she had allegedly obtained a pair of life insurance policies on her ex-husband.

— Police were called to a gas station along Airport Parkway, where a customer was arguing about paying for fuel. He refused to watch video of the transaction — which reportedly showed he had not paid for gas — then reached toward a knife sheathed in his waistband. A struggle ensued with the officer, but the suspect was eventually disarmed and brought into custody. He was jailed on a charge of aggravated assault.

April 20

A man burst into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment on Eastley Court, then tried to hang himself on the front porch with a belt. When that was unsuccessful, he grabbed a knife and forced her to drive him from the scene. They were later located at his camper in Hawkins County, where he was arrested for aggravated assault and kidnapping. The victim suffered cuts to her hands during the ordeal.

April 23

— A Kingsport woman, 34, was arrested for stalking, reckless endangerment and vandalism. The warrants were issued following investigation of complaints by her ex-husband, claiming that she follows him and throws things at his vehicle. He also showed police video of her weaving at him with her car on Fort Henry Drive, then abruptly stopping in front of his van, which nearly caused a collision.

— A man and woman visited a John B. Dennis car lot to test-drive used vehicles. Both were told to be back in 10 minutes, but the male didn’t return his car for half an hour. The second vehicle — a 2004 Nissan Titan, taken by the female — was never returned, promoting a call to police more than three hours later. The business owner later spotted the truck on Fort Robinson Drive with a mattress in the bed. When questioned by officers, the woman said she was using the vehicle to move items from one home to another. She was arrested for felony theft. Meanwhile, charges of joyriding are pending against her companion.

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