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Vehicle allegedly performs doughnuts at Kingsport mall, flees police

Rain Smith • Jul 29, 2010 at 11:17 AM

A Kingsport man has been arrested after allegedly performing doughnuts with his car in the mall parking lot, then fleeing police.

An officer chased the vehicle a short distance, but terminated the pursuit for public safety. The following morning the man was found asleep in his vehicle behind his residence.

According to a Kingsport police arrest report, the incident began Tuesday night at about 5:55 p.m. An officer allegedly observed a 2001 Chevrolet Prism speeding through the parking lot of the Kingsport Town Center, 2101 Fort Henry Drive, swerving sideways to perform doughnuts.

The vehicle exited the mall and entered to parking lot of Warpath Bowling Lanes. The officer reports a young male was driving, while a young female was the passenger.

At the bowling alley the officer exited his patrol car and approached the suspect's vehicle. It allegedly, "pulled away at a high rate of speed," down Warpath Drive, then turned onto Bridwell Street. Police report quickly terminating a pursuit, "due to the nature of the stop and recklessness of the driver."

Police were able to identify the owner of the vehicle as Cody Benton, 23, of 1512 Parton Drive. At 9:15 Wednesday morning they responded to his home and spoke with his girlfriend, 18. She admitted to being a passenger during Tuesday's incident, and claimed she didn't know why Benton had ran from police.

In the backyard of the residence police located Benton's vehicle. He was allegedly asleep inside, awakened by officers and taken into custody.

Benton was arrested and charged with evading arrest, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.

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