Would-be drug mule busted in Blountville bathroom

Rain Smith • May 17, 2019 at 11:17 AM

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

Kingsport Police Department

May 15

— A welfare check was requested for a possibly intoxicated woman who had “locked herself in” a fenced yard. Police found her behind a residence on Carolina Avenue yelling at a tree and holding a Bible. When approached by officers, she repeatedly stated, “I rebuke you in Jesus’ name!” Her refusal to cooperate with police, along with creating a disturbance that was drawing a crowd, netted the woman’s arrest for disorderly conduct. While being handcuffed, she kicked one officer in the chest and bit another on the hand, spurring additional charges of assault.

— Police were alerted to a pair of men snorting drugs at the Shell station on East Stone Drive. Responding officers found one suspect in a van, along with a backpack containing 27 grams of meth, scales and seven cell phones. The second suspect spotted police while walking out of the store, then ran toward Bloomingdale Road. A foot pursuit ended when he claimed to have a gun and reached for his side, then the officer deployed his Taser. No firearm was found, but both suspects face felony charges.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

May 14

— Police visited a White Top Road residence to arrest a woman on warrants. She initially complied with officers, but then grabbed a steak knife in her kitchen and stated she would rather die than go back to jail. After pointing the weapon at police and ignoring commands, she was pepper sprayed and brought into custody.

May 15

— A juvenile runaway was reported to be in the company of a 27-year-old Piney Flats man. His vehicle was spotted by a deputy on Devault Bridge Road, and a stop was attempted. The suspect fled onto Muddy Creek Road at 90 mph, then onto Highway 75, striking a vehicle. He continued on, but deputies were later able to stop his vehicle with their squad cars. He faces an array of charges. The teen was unharmed and returned to her family.

— Police were alerted to a man breaking things in a bathroom at the BP station on Highway 394. When questioned by a deputy, he explained how someone bailed him out of jail under specific conditions: that he intentionally get arrested again, but this time smuggle in contraband. Police report that lying next to him on the floor were Neosporin and three condoms. Two condoms were packed with tobacco, the other with 28 pills. Though the suspect said he had “second thoughts” about sneaking the items into jail, he was nevertheless arrested for drug possession.