Spat between Kingsport motorists prompts felony reckless endangerment arrest

Rain Smith • Apr 12, 2010 at 12:00 AM

A 21-year-old Kingsport man has been arrested after allegedly sideswiping the vehicle of a man who confronted him at Food City, then leaving the scene.

According to a Kingsport police report, the incident occurred at about 6:30 Friday evening. Police responded to Food City, 1911 Moreland Drive, on a report of hit and run.

The alleged victim told police a Chevrolet Camaro "nearly hit" his Ford F-250 on Summerville Road. When the Camaro pulled in the nearby parking lot of Food City, the driver of the truck pulled in next to him.

The victim asked the Camaro's driver for his name and ID, according to the report, with the suspect refusing. When the man walked to the back of the Camaro to get the tag number, it allegedly started backing up towards the truck.

The report states that as the alleged victim was trying to get back into his truck, the Camaro continued, "backing up recklessly." The driver of the truck told police the car sideswiped his driver's side door, and he, "felt the door closing in on him and thought he was going to be crushed."

The victim was not injured, and gave police a tag number to the suspect's car. A check returned ownership to Christopher A. Cole, 21, of 326 Pickens Road, Kingsport.

A Kingsport officer and Sullivan County deputy responded to the residence, finding a 1986 Camaro in the driveway. While Cole was not home, another resident contacted him and he returned to speak with police.

Police say their investigation determined Cole was the driver at the time of the alleged hit and run. He was arrested and charged with felony reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and booked into the Kingsport city jail.

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