Devin R. Coleman, 19.
The likelihood of picking up a girl while traveling John B. Dennis Highway, pleading from your vehicle's window for her phone number, is probably pretty low.
Your chances decrease significantly when the female's boyfriend happens to be behind you in another car, yells some choice words for you to lay off — then the driver of your vehicle responds by firing a handgun.
But a Kingsport man, Devin R. Coleman, 19, of 920 Clara Drive, was arrested in such an alleged incident on Monday evening. The passenger in his Jeep — a juvenile whose freeway flirtations allegedly spurred the confrontation, and Coleman's eventual gunfire — was not charged.
A Kingsport police report says the incident began at approximately 6:30 p.m. The female's boyfriend called police and met with officers at Indian Path Medical Center, shortly after the shot was fired.
The 20-year-old stated he was northbound on John B. Dennis following his girlfriend's vehicle. A silver Jeep Rubicon allegedly pulled up beside his girlfriend's car, with the Jeep's passenger, "trying to get her phone number."
The man told police he yelled at the passenger and an argument ensued. It continued as both vehicles reached the intersection of John B. Dennis and Lincoln Street, at which time the complainant, "heard a loud bang that sounded like a gunshot." He then sped off down John. B. Dennis and called 911.
Approximately three hours later a Kingsport officer spotted a vehicle matching the Jeep's description and conducted a stop on Memorial Boulevard. The juvenile passenger told police a handgun was in the Jeep, with officers reportedly locating a Glock 26 and ammunition.
The passenger also allegedly stated the driver, Coleman, had "fired a shot in the air" during the argument with the other motorist on John B. Dennis.
Police say they found in the vehicle a pipe containing what is believed to be marijuana, a partially burnt joint and small container of bath salts.
Coleman was arrested and chaged with felony reckless endangerment, going armed, simple possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.