After gun threats at mall, man kicks out squad car window

Rain Smith • Jan 23, 2018 at 3:22 PM

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

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

Jan. 17

— In responding to a disturbance at a Kingsport home, deputies found two brothers, ages 47 and 43, had been fighting. Also, windshields on each of their trucks had been broken with a rock. Both brothers were arrested on charges of assault and vandalism.

Jan. 20

— A Dodge Caravan exited Muddy Creek Road and came to rest on its side in a ditch. The female driver incurred cuts and abrasions and had to be extricated from the vehicle, while her male passenger (who smelled of alcohol) refused to stop “yelling and being obscene.” After repeatedly ignoring police commands and pointing at officers, he was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Jan. 21

— A welfare check was requested for a man in a truck along Odd Fellow Road, with the caller saying he had been there about four hours. An officer found the vehicle was stuck in a muddy yard, while the driver could not name his current location. After admitting that he “probably had too much” to drink, he was arrested for DUI.

Jan. 22

— When police attempted to serve a warrant at a Bristol home, the suspect opened the front door, but then tried to slam it shut. An officer grabbed the man before the door could close and was pulled into the residence. During the ensuing struggle, the deputy “heard growling and felt a small bite on (his) rear upper thigh,” then turned to see a pit bull attacking him. The man was eventually brought under control and placed in a cruiser, while animal control responded to take custody of his dog.

Kingsport Police Department

Jan. 20

— Two women were found asleep in a car outside of a Bloomingdale Pike convenience store. Lying in plain view on the passenger was a plastic bag containing a white powder, while a later search of the driver’s purse yielded heroin, pills and drug paraphernalia. Both were arrested on drug charges.

— At the Fort Henry Mall, a man who had been in Payless Shoes “for several hours” began yelling and cursing employees. When the suspect moved to another store and was confronted by mall security, he reached in his waistband, made threats and claimed to have a gun. Once the unarmed man was escorted outside, he threw a cinder block at a security guard, but missed, then was arrested by responding police for assault and disorderly conduct. While being transported to a hospital for a mental evaluation, he kicked out a rear window of the patrol car, netting an additional charge of vandalism. After being medically cleared, he was booked into jail.

Jan. 22

— Police were called to an East Stone Drive restaurant to deal with a drunk woman who was “causing a scene.” Despite her protests that she “used to date a police officer and I couldn’t arrest her,” according to an incident report, she was jailed for public intoxication.

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