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Kingsport woman accused of attacking ex-husband with car

Rain Smith • May 8, 2019 at 8:30 PM

KINGSPORT — A woman who made unfounded domestic violence claims against her estranged husband — who was at that time a captain at the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office — is now jailed after allegedly trying to run his SUV off the road, then ramming her car into his driver’s side door.

Kathy Y. Ducker, 57, McGregor Drive, Kingsport, is charged with aggravated domestic assault. The alleged victim is her ex-husband, Mark Ducker, who retired from the SCSO in August.

Records at the Kingsport Police Department state that shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, Mark Ducker called Central Dispatch. According to his account, he was driving a Nissan Rogue northbound on Bloomingdale Pike adjacent to CVS Pharmacy, where the traffic lanes narrow from two to one.

In his rearview mirror, Mark Ducker reportedly spotted a Toyota Avalon approaching to his right, in the lane that ends. When the car allegedly swerved to merge into his lane, Mark Ducker veered to the left to avoid a collision, entering lanes of oncoming traffic.

The Toyota was driven by Kathy Ducker.

Despite her ex-husband’s evasive maneuvers, Kathy Ducker allegedly continued steering toward his passenger side, making contact and trying to “force him off the roadway.”

Mark Ducker continued north on Bloomingdale, then stopped in a parking lot at the corner of Gravely Road. Kathy Ducker followed, according to a police report, and purposely steered her car so that the front “forcefully struck his driver’s side door.”

Mark Ducker told police that when he exited his vehicle, Kathy Ducker exited hers, then punched him in the mouth. An independent witness corroborated that account to police and also reportedly saw Kathy Ducker intentionally T-bone Mark Ducker’s SUV.

A crash report says an examination of damage to both vehicles also supported Mark Ducker’s account of events.

Kathy Ducker told police that her ex-husband initiated the first collision, then followed her into the parking lot and brandished a firearm. The witness told an officer that he never saw a gun. Kathy Ducker was arrested at the scene.

It has been nearly one year since Kathy Ducker made a string of allegations against Mark Ducker as the two were in the process of going through a divorce. From June 24 through July 2, at least four reports at the KPD accuse Mark Ducker of assault, theft and making threats.

The claims spurred an internal investigation at the SCSO, with Ducker being placed on administrative leave. According to KPD records, no evidence was ever observed to support the claims of violence, while Kathy Ducker accused police of covering up the incidents and “all sticking together.”

The results of that investigation were submitted to a Sullivan County grand jury for consideration of charges. The grand jury took no action against Mark Ducker, who then returned to his job at the SCSO.

A month later, incumbent Sheriff Wayne Anderson was defeated by Jeff Cassidy in the election. At that time, Ducker filed paperwork to retire.

Following Tuesday evening’s incident, Kathy Ducker was booked into the Kingsport city jail. She has since been transported to the Sullivan County facility in Blountville, where she remained held on Wednesday afternoon.

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