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Kingsport road rage prompts two collisions, arrest

Rain Smith • Jul 15, 2010 at 11:13 AM

A Kingsport man has been arrested after allegedly challenging another motorist to a fight, then slamming the brakes of his 1968 Chevrolet Bel Air on two occasions — each time causing a rear-end collision.

According to a Kingsport police report, the incident began at about 2 p.m. Wednesday near Pratt's BBQ, 1225 East Stone Drive. A man driving a 1995 GM Sierra told police a Bel Air exited the parking lot of a business, traveled across all three lanes of traffic and directly into the path of his truck.

The report says the man weaved into the center turn lane to avoid a collision, then the Bel Air driver, "pulled up next to him and started threatening him and wanting to fight."

The Sierra driver said he was then following the Bel Air east on Stone Drive when its driver suddenly slammed on the brakes, causing a rear-end collision. The police report says the truck tried to move around the car but, "it would not let him pass, staying in front of him." 

At this point, about a mile from where the incident began, the Sierra driver reports he attempted to enter the parking lot of Aaron's Sales and Lease, 1824 East Stone Drive, to call police. But the Bel Air, "stayed in front of his vehicle, once again hitting his brakes hard," and causing another collision.

The driver of the truck was able to drive into the parking lot, exit his truck and enter the store. Inside he called police, while the Bel Air allegedly circled the area outside.

When police arrived to Aaron's they spoke with two additional witnesses who had seen the incident, and knew the driver of the Bel Air. They told police he was currently at the stock yard on John B. Dennis Highway.

Another officer responded to that location to detain the suspect, Edgar Darrell McClellan, 29, of 3624 Bloomingdale Road. He proceeded to tell police, "his side of the story," which was not detailed in the report.

Officers say McClellan had four an a half pills that he had not been prescribed. A check of his license revealed it had been suspended, while the tags on his car were registered to another vehicle. He also did not have insurance.

McClellan was arrested and charged with two counts of felony reckless endangerment, driving on a suspended license, possession of a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, simple possession of schedule IV drugs, violation of registration and no insurance.

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