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Stolen squirrel spurs arrest at Kingsport motel

Rain Smith • Apr 25, 2018 at 3:26 PM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

April 19

A man called police to report that while picking up his son from his wife — who is staying with her “boyfriend” — he saw the couple using drugs. A referral was made to DCS.

April 20

A Mooresburg woman reported her son was attacked by a dog. When police arrived, she added that he was assaulted by two unknown men. Also, according to her account, guns had been fired. Upon further questioning, she admitted to using meth and not seeing her son all day. She was then arrested for filing a false police report.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

April 22

Multiple motorists on Highway 11-E reported a car driving in the wrong lanes. A deputy encountered the Honda approaching head-on, then turned around to pursue. The suspect pulled over in the median in Piney Flats. She was found to have marijuana, a pipe and pill crusher and admitted to “occasionally” taking Lortab. She was arrested on multiple charges.

Kingsport Police Department

April 20

At a home on Westmoreland Avenue, police found that a shotgun had been fired downstairs through the ceiling and into a bedroom, where the pellets exited the floor within two feet of a resident. A woman claimed the weapon accidentally fired while she was cleaning it. She also admitted to drinking wine and appeared intoxicated, netting a charge of reckless endangerment.

April 23

A speeding motorist who passed an officer on John B. Dennis Highway — then proceeded to swerve back and forth — blamed his driving on running late for a doctor’s appointment. He also admitted to taking clonazepam, Percocet and Lortab, then was booked into jail for reckless endangerment, DUI and failure to maintain control.

April 24

Outside a Memorial Boulevard motel, police found a man beating on a door and creating a disturbance. Though “obviously intoxicated,” he immediately denied being drunk and explained “his girlfriend was mad at him over a squirrel.” When a woman in the room was questioned, she explained that he had stolen her pet squirrel. An officer located the animal “tied up in a pillowcase” near the room and returned it to the female, while the man was arrested for public intoxication. Once transported to jail, he refused commands to walk and tried to pull away from an officer, netting an additional charge of resisting police.

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