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Update: Blountville man's alleged drug run leads to multiple carjackings, assaults

September 27th, 2012 8:30 am by Rain Smith

Update: Blountville man's alleged drug run leads to multiple carjackings, assaults

Charles Stanley III, 38.

Update: 2:03 p.m.


A Blountville man's alleged Wednesday drug run to Knoxville spiraled into him beating his companion and stealing a rented van — which soon ran out of gas, prompting the carjacking of a woman outside of Kingsport — and attempting to remove a third victim from her vehicle in a parking lot.


Charles Stanley III, 38, of 544 Barger Hollow Road, eventually crashed on Rock City Road in Sullivan County, with witnesses stating he tried to run away but was "too messed up" to flee. Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Nathan W. Hall says that when he arrived to the wreck Stanley was lying in the middle of the road, thinking he had reached Knoxville.


"He kept asking if anyone was hurt and was highly impaired," said Trooper Hall. "He didn't know what happened."


The incident allegedly began at approximately 4:15 p.m. at an Interstate 81 rest stop near Greeneville. Stanley and a friend were reportedly going to Knoxville to purchase drugs, traveling in a rental van paid for by the other man's mother.


Trooper Hall says Stanley has admitted the men were shooting up when an argument began, escalating to Stanley attacking his companion, stealing his credit cards and throwing him from the van. His jilted "friend" suffered several injuries in the attack, but none are believed to be life-threatening.


Stanley then drove onto I-81 to continue heading south to Knoxville, according to police, but got turned around and was unknowingly traveling north. SCSO Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says that at 5 p.m. the van ran out of gas on West Valley Drive, just south of Kingsport, and he pulled in front of a female motorist. Stanley reportedly exited the van, jerked the 19-year-old woman from her Geo Prizm and drove away in the car. Sullivan County police say they later located syringes and beer cans in the van he left behind.


Fifteen minutes passed before Kingsport police received a report of an attempted carjacking outside theB & B Package Store, 3636 Fort Henry Drive. KPD Lt. Bob Abernathy says the suspect, later identified as Stanley, opened the driver's side door of a woman's vehicle and attempted to remove her from behind the wheel.


The incident was observed by employees and caught on surveillance video, with the victim saying the suspect prodded her with some type of sharp object. Trooper Hall says witnesses to the attack chased Stanley away, while a screwdriver wrapped in a paper towel would later be found in his possession.


Stanley allegedly got back inside the stolen Geo and headed north on Fort Henry Drive. Approximately 15 minutes later, as police were searching the surrounding area, the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office received a report of a single vehicle crash on Rock City Road.


Trooper Hall says police arrived to find Stanley's car had exited the roadway, striking a tree and electric fence. The stolen Geo Prizm suffered extensive damage in the wreck while Stanley — who reportedly didn't remember details of what had transpired — believed he was in Knoxville.


"I've been doing this quite awhile, and I've never seen somebody so messed up and on so much stuff," said Trooper Hall.


Stanley was transported to Indian Path Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, including lacerations to his head. Two syringes were found in Stanley's pocket, according to Trooper Hall, along with his former traveling partner's stolen credit cards. Stanley was later transported to Blountville and booked into the Sullivan County jail.


The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office has charged Stanley with motor vehicle theft, carjacking, assault, theft over $10,000 and theft under $50. He was also served with a warrant for outstanding child support.


The Tennessee Highway Patrol has charged Stanley with DUI, a third offense of driving on a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to exercise due car, violation of registration and insurance laws.


Police in Kingsport and Greene County are continuing to investigate the incident with charges pending.


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A Blountville man is facing a litany of charges after allegedly stealing a van in Greene County — which soon ran out of gas, prompting him to carjack a woman outside of Kingsport — and later attempting to remove a third victim from her car in a parking lot.


Charles Stanley III, 38, of 544 Barger Hollow Road, was taken into custody shortly before 5:30 p.m., after wrecking a stolen Geo Prizm on Rock City Road. In Sullivan County Stanley is charged with motor vehicle theft, carjacking, assault, theft over $10,000 and theft under $50.


The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office reports the incident began earlier in the afternoon along Interstate 81 in Greene County, Tenn., where Stanley had stolen a van. Information on that incident, and what may have prompted it, has yet to be released.


SCSO Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says Stanley was driving the stolen van at 5 p.m. on West Valley Drive, just south of Kingsport, when it began to run out of gas. He allegedly pulled in front of a female motorist, 19, blocking the roadway. Stanley reportedly exited the van, jerked the woman from her car and drove away in her Geo Prizm.


Fifteen minutes later Kingsport police received a report of an attempted carjacking outside the B & B Package Store, 3636 Fort Henry Drive. KPD Lt. Bob Abernathy says the suspect, later identified as Stanley, opened the driver's side door of a woman's vehicle in the parking lot and attempted to remove her from behind the wheel.


The incident was observed by employees and caught on surveillance video, with the victim saying the suspect prodded her with some type of sharp object.


Unable to steal that woman's vehicle, Stanley allegedly got back inside the stolen Geo and headed north on Fort Henry Drive. Approximately 15 minutes later the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office received a report of a single vehicle crash on Rock City Road.


Officers responded to the scene to find the stolen car had wrecked and Stanley was suffering non-life threatening injuries. Police say he was transported to the hospital and would be booked into jail upon his release.


In Sullivan County Stanley is charged with motor vehicle theft, carjacking, assault, theft over $10,000 and theft under $50. He is facing additional charges in Kingsport and Greene County, with the Tennessee Highway Patrol also involved in the investigation.


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