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Drunk driver gets stuck in D-B tennis courts

Rain Smith • Dec 14, 2017 at 1:15 PM

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

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

Dec. 10

— In response to a crash in Blountville, police found a motorist had struck a parked car. The driver admitted to taking melatonin and Xanax — though she didn’t know when — and performed poorly on sobriety tests. Meanwhile, a witness stated that immediately after the collision, the suspect took two children from the car to her nearby home, then returned to the scene before police arrived. Along with DUI, she was charged with child endangerment.

— A Bristol woman was arrested for scratching her boyfriend’s face and trying to “pull his lips off his face.” According to the victim, the woman’s anger was ignited by his mother “getting attention from him while she was sick.”

Kingsport Police Department

Dec. 9

At about 6 p.m., police were alerted to a “vehicle driving on the tennis courts” at Dobyns-Bennett. Officers found a large section of perimeter fencing had been damaged and an SUV was still inside with front end damage. An investigation revealed it had been traveling west on Center Street when it left the road and entered school property. The driver admitted to drinking and conceded that he “should not be driving.” He was arrested for DUI — his third such offense. No one was injured in the incident. 

Dec. 13

— On Flanders Street, a man was issued a citation for animal cruelty. Several times over the past two weeks, an officer had observed a dog tangled in its chain and with insufficient food, water or shelter and each time had made the man correct the situation. Due to the continuing mistreatment of the animal, charges were filed, and the dog was taken by animal control.

— In response to a fight inside a drive-thru restaurant on East Stone Drive, police learned a male employee was calling a female coworker names. The woman’s son — also an employee — warned the instigator to stop, but when he continued to “belittle” the woman, the son punched him in the face. The assault “victim” who made the comments, age 32, declined EMS treatment for a swollen eye and didn’t wish to pursue charges against the puncher, age 18. Police note that the older man was also terminated from employment.

Dec. 13

At about 8:15 p.m., police were alerted to a fire along Fordtown Road. They arrived to find the Warriors Path Volunteer Fire Department already on scene and trying to extinguish a burning Jeep Wrangler. The driver stated that when he encountered a hay bale in the road, he pushed it out of the way with the front end of his vehicle. Shortly thereafter, the Jeep began to emit heavy smoke. Police suspected that pieces of hay became lodged on hot parts, igniting the blaze. The Jeep ultimately become engulfed in flames and was a total loss.

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