Man charged with reckless endangerment after fight at Rogersville Wal-Mart

Jeff Bobo • Feb 24, 2009 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Church Hill man is facing four counts of felony reckless endangerment after he allegedly almost struck four people including two children with a vehicle Sunday night in the Rogersville Wal-Mart parking lot.

Rogersville Police Department Officer George Henry said the incident in the parking lot was preceded by a fight between two men inside the store.

Henry said Michael Shane Smith, 21, 307 Tipton Ave., Church Hill, was inside the store about 8 p.m. Sunday when he observed an ex-girlfriend in the company of Donald Rines.

Henry said that was the reason for the fight inside the store, and after both men exited the store they began fighting again.

“Wal-Mart was still trying to separate them (in the parking lot),” Henry said. “There was a man and a woman trying to get into their truck with their kids near where the fight was taking place. Mr. Smith got into his vehicle, and then he swerved at Mr. Rines trying to strike him.

“They were all kind of close by, and the kids were standing there too, and the parents said he (Smith) came really close to hitting the kids.”

The four victims that Smith allegedly almost hit with his 1992 Acura were Rines, the children ages 7 and 9, and Wal-Mart employee Greg Page.

By that time, police had been called.

Following the incident, Smith reportedly attempted to drive out of the store parking lot.

“When I pulled in they were pointing back towards Route 66, and I hollered at Officer Johnson and Officer Pinkston (on the radio), and they got the car stopped at the red light where you leave the parking lot to go onto Route 66,” Henry said.

Smith was released on bond and is scheduled for arraignment in Hawkins County Sessions Court on March 11.

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