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Wanted man ditches three pounds of pot, $10K in Sullivan County

Rain Smith • Aug 23, 2018 at 1:15 PM

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

Kingsport Police Department

Aug. 17

— A resident of Stratford Road answered a knock on his door at 3 a.m., according to his account, to find an unknown man with a bandanna covering his face. The stranger forced entry into the home and took the resident’s wallet and cell phone. A second intruder cut the man’s neck and left arm. A detective was called to the scene for further investigation.

Aug. 19

— A Ford pickup crashed into a legally parked car on Willow Street, and a witness followed the driver. A block away, the suspect exited his vehicle and ran, but a check of registration identified a suspect. Warrants were to be obtained.

Aug. 21

— Police were alerted to a man with a gun seated next to vending machines at an urgent care facility. Police responded and spoke to the suspect, finding he was unarmed. The purported weapon was actually a flip-flop in his pocket.

Aug. 22

— A woman drove into the bay of an oil change business on Fort Henry Drive, nearly striking a vehicle that was on a lift. She then exited her vehicle, “mumbled something” and walked to a nearby restaurant. That’s where police found her sitting on a grease disposal, incoherent and unable to keep her balance. Ultimately, she was arrested for DUI, with a blood draw conducted to determine what intoxicants were in her system.

— A man wanted in Kingsport was arrested in Virginia. Six months prior, he had recklessly sped through the parking lot of Buffalo Wild Wings on a motorcycle — while not wearing a helmet — and crashed into a car. He sustained serious injuries and was hospitalized, while lab results later revealed he had alcohol and drugs in his system. This month, a Sullivan County grand jury returned indictments in the case for reckless endangerment and other charges. He is now scheduled for extradition back to Tennessee.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

Aug. 22

— When police attempted to serve a warrant at a residence on Barnett Drive, the wanted man jumped on a motorcycle to flee and struck a deputy. The suspect then ditched the bike and ran from the scene, with a subsequent K-9 search by Kingsport police unable to locate him. Officers did find a discarded backpack the suspect had been toting. Its contents: 2.73 pounds of marijuana (vacuum packaged in “large quantities”), $9,647 in cash, a handgun and 22 rounds. Additional warrants were obtained on numerous charges, while the deputy hit by the motorcycle sustained cuts to his legs.

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