Kingsport man allegedly rams, drags car with truck 'because it was blocking the driveway'

Rain Smith • Jun 28, 2010 at 12:25 PM

A Friday afternoon dispute resulted in a Kingsport man allegedly ramming his son-in-law's car with a Dodge truck, then attaching chains and dragging it to the roadway.

A police report says the man admitted to the actions, citing the other vehicle, "was blocking the driveway." He was arrested and charged with felony domestic vandalism.

The incident began shortly after noon at 1324 Ridgecrest Ave. The victim told Kingsport police that his father-in-law arrived at the home and was let inside, then, "words were exchanged between the two."

The father-in law, identified as Dennis Collins, 62, of 1776 Granby Road, allegedly left the home. The police report says that a few minutes later the alleged victim went outside to find his 1997 Saturn Sedan, "had been pulled to the end of the driveway by a chain and all four tires were flat."

The man also suspected Collins of leaving the residence with his cell phone, but did not witness the alleged theft or vandalism of his car. At this time, about 12:56 p.m., the victim told police he did not want to pursue charges against Collins.

A continuation to the initial police report says officers were called back to the home at about 5:20 p.m. The victim reported that Collins had returned, "and entered the residence unannounced." When realizing police had been called, Collins left the scene.

Officers located Collins driving his truck nearby and initiated a stop. Police say that when asked what had occurred at the Ridgecrest residence, "Collins admitted to ramming and dragging the vehicle with his Dodge Ram because it was blocking the driveway."

Collins was arrested and charged with felony domestic vandalism and transported to the city jail. Police say the damage to his son-in-law's car exceeded $500.

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