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Suspect ditches cop in Starbucks drive-thru, sideswipes customer

Rain Smith • May 30, 2018 at 1:55 PM

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

Kingsport Police Department

May 24

At 8 a.m., police found a crashed motorcycle in the median of John B. Dennis Highway. The rider, who sustained no injuries apart from road rash, admitted to losing control in a turn. He also emitted an odor of alcohol, had constricted pupils and had a bag of marijuana in his pocket. After treatment at a hospital, he was arrested.

May 25

A 20-year-old reported possible stalking by a man she met at Walmart. The suspect, age 46, was “singing” at the entrance and asked if she liked his song. He then began commenting on how “adorable” she is. After getting “creeped out,” the woman asked a manager to walk her outside. Days later, the man began sending her messages on Facebook: “B my little sugar baby this summer … I will spoil you rotten … I am a very well known business man in the area.” When an officer spoke with him and ordered him to have no further contact with the woman, the suspect explained there must have been a misunderstanding at the store. “He thought she was flirting with him.”

May 26

Police responded to a disturbance at a nursing and rehabilitation facility. The suspect, 82, previously made threats to shoot the staff if he couldn’t see his wife — a female resident with an order of protection against him. During his latest visit, the man sat on a bench and initially refused to leave, but departed before officers arrived. A warrant was to be obtained for his arrest for violating a court order.

May 29

As an officer traveled on North Eastman Road, a Hyundai abruptly changed lanes and nearly hit his patrol car. When the officer attempted to make a traffic stop, the suspect pulled into Starbucks and accelerated, fleeing the wrong direction into the drive-thru and onto landscaping. After a customer’s vehicle was sideswiped, the officer terminated the pursuit for public safety. However, the victims gave chase into nearby Highland and obtained a tag number before losing contact. The car’s owner told police her son had the vehicle. An investigation is continuing.

May 30

On Lynn Garden Drive, an officer spotted a Chevy Suburban with no tag illumination. As a stop was conducted, the female driver entered the Walmart Neighborhood Market parking lot, pulled up onto a curb and “climbed out the driver’s window.” After running across the street, she was taken to the ground and apprehended. In her possession were pills and drug paraphernalia, netting her arrest on multiple charges.

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