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Update: Bloomingdale crash tied to stolen pickup, police search for juveniles

Rain Smith • Updated Nov 27, 2018 at 11:38 AM

UPDATE, 11:45 a.m. —

KINGSPORT — Police are currently searching for a pair of juveniles who are believed to have crashed a car into a utility pole on Bloomingdale Road and to have stolen a pickup that was warming up in a nearby driveway.

According to the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, a call about the wreck came in shortly before 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Responding officers found a compact car had snapped a utility pole and knocked down power lines — blocking motorists from traveling between Forest View Road and Idle Hour Road — but no one was at the scene of the crash.

Approximately 30 minutes later, a resident of nearby Rodgers Avenue alerted police that her Ford Ranger had been stolen. According to SCSO Lt. Andy Seabolt, the victim had left it warming up in her driveway, then heard someone getting inside the cab.

She reportedly exited her home to see a juvenile male and juvenile female trying to drive away. Seabolt says the woman grabbed onto the vehicle to try to stop them and was briefly dragged along the driveway as they fled. She sustained minor injuries but did not require medical attention.

Police believe the theft suspects were also in the car that crashed and tried to steal another vehicle before making away in the Ford pickup.

Shortly before the Ranger was stolen, a woman across the street spotted two people trying to get into her car that was warming up. Police say that she chased the suspects away with a baseball bat.

The SCSO is trying to locate the stolen red Ford Ranger. Those occupying the vehicle are persons of interest in the investigation. It bears a Tennessee license 9B32C2.

Anyone who knows the identity of the suspects or sees the stolen vehicle is asked to call police at (423) 279-7330.

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KINGSPORT — A car crashed into a utility pole on Bloomingdale Road Tuesday morning, downing power lines.

As of 10 a.m., lines were still down. The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office was blocking motorists from traveling between Forest View Road and Idle Hour Road.

How the incident occurred, and whether injuries were sustained, was not immediately available.

Check back with TimesNews.net for updates when they are released.

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