Brother charged with attempted murder after car crashes into Kingsport woman's home

Rain Smith • Jun 19, 2018 at 1:27 PM

KINGSPORT — A city man has been arrested after allegedly trying to kill his sister by driving a car loaded with gasoline into her home in the hope of sparking a fire.

Clayton Dwaine Stipes, 54, was jailed Monday night on charges of attempted second-degree murder, driving on revoked and domestic vandalism. He was additionally charged with violating a court order, as the victim had recently obtained an order of protection against him.

Records at the Kingsport Police Department state that Stipes had previously issued specific threats about murdering his sister: He would drive a vehicle into her house, then set five gallons of gasoline on fire.

At about 8:40 Monday evening, as the victim sat in the living room of her Cedar Street residence, she heard a car “speeding on the street and then a loud crash right outside her front door.” She reportedly looked outside to find a 1986 Chevrolet Camaro had slammed into the handicap ramp attached to her front porch.

She told police that Stipes, her brother, then exited the car and walked away. Responding officers found the abandoned Camaro contained a five gallon gas can and two cigarette lighters.

Police soon located Stipes at his home on nearby Millpond Street. According to a witness, Stipes had earlier called his sister to ask, “Which door she wanted him to park the car. ... He was going to park it either through the front door or through the back.” Shortly thereafter, the vehicle was driven into the victim’s home.

A police report adds that when the incident occurred, the woman was sitting in “close proximity” to the point of collision, which led to the attempted murder charge.

An order of protection against her brother had been obtained on Thursday and served Sunday.

Stipes was booked into the Kingsport city jail and later transferred to the Sullivan County jail in Blountville. On Tuesday afternoon, he remained held without bond. 

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