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Driver arrested after police spot woman clinging to hood of car

Rain Smith • Aug 14, 2018 at 3:08 PM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

Aug. 12

A Rogersville woman claimed that during an argument over missing Xanax, her son pulled a chunk of hair out of her head. She was observed to have a large portion missing. Meanwhile, the suspect accused her of being drunk and attacking him for no reason, then “pulling him to the ground by his beard.” Since a primary aggressor could not be determined, both were arrested for domestic assault.

Kingsport Police Department

Aug. 11

Police were alerted to a man with a handgun along Lynn Garden Drive, then spotted the suspect outside the Walmart Neighborhood Market. Immediately upon seeing an officer, the man ran while clutching the weapon in his hand, leading to a foot chase through wooded areas, creeks and culverts. When caught on Stone Drive, he no longer had the gun and was suspected of throwing it down. He did have meth, pot, four needles and a glass pipe, spurring his arrest on drug charges.

Aug. 13

— Police observed a woman in the roadway outside Cloud Apartments, where the driver of a PT Cruiser “pulled forward like he was going to run over her.” The motorist then threw the vehicle into reverse, fleeing the scene backward “at a high rate of speed.” Police conducted a traffic stop and learned that the driver’s license was revoked. He reportedly had a baggie of marijuana, along with several stolen items related to a recent burglary. He was jailed on multiple charges including reckless endangerment.

— When parole officers attempted to conduct a home check at a mobile home on New Beason Well Road, the suspect pulled a knife and threatened to slice his throat. Police were called, and there was a brief standoff with SWAT, but he was eventually arrested without further incident. An investigation is continuing, with the man facing two counts of aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

Aug. 14

At about 1 a.m., a patrol officer spotted a Toyota traveling on East Center Street with no headlights activated — and a woman sprawled across the hood. When the driver pulled over for police, the female claimed an occupant of the car stole her purse at Maple Oaks Apartments, then jumped in the Corolla to get away. That suspect was a passenger, but he ignored police commands and ran from the scene. Meanwhile, the female conceded that jumping on the car “was not the right choice to make” and was inconsistent in providing details of the incident. Once her purse was retrieved from the vehicle, she declined to pursue theft charges. Nonetheless, the driver was arrested for reckless endangerment.

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