The blotter is derived from recent central dispatch records and incident reports of area police agencies.
Kingsport Police Department
Police were requested at a city halfway house, where two residents were "threatening each other." The caller said the incident revolved around one suspect testifying against the other in court.
At approximately 9 p.m., an officer spotted a car blocking the Interstate 26 on ramp at West Stone Drive. The vehicle's engine was running and its turn signal blinking, while a man "appeared unconscious" in the driver's seat. Closer investigation, according to the officer's report, found the passed-out man "was grasping a can of industrial strength air duster in his right hand." When awakened by police the man "jerked away and became aggressive," with his actions preventing police from conducting field sobriety testing. He was transported to the hospital for a blood draw, arrested and charged with DUI and blocking a roadway.
Hawkins County Sheriff's Office
A Surgoinsville woman told police that she was selling Chihuahua puppies for $40 apiece. But her juvenile grandson had given one of the dogs to a neighbor, with that individual yet to pay the fee. Upon speaking to the neighbor, police learned the child had sold the animal for $20 — with the cash given directly to him at that time. Both parties were then advised the issue was a civil dispute that would require private prosecution.
Five packs of incontinence underwear were delivered by UPS to a county home but stolen from the front porch while the resident was away.
A man being treated at the emergency room told police he was assaulted at a Rogersville home. He said he has known the residents for a long time and always just walks in the door. But this time an occupant got angry over him entering unannounced, prompting them to hit him on the side of the head with an aluminum baseball bat.
A Church Hill man was "sorting trash" outside his residence when a stray dog bit him on the thumb. The man told police that the animal has no owner and lives under his mobile home.
Sullivan County Sheriff's Office
A caller alerted dispatch to a man driving recklessly and without a license, adding that the suspect is "usually on bath salts."
A woman reported a pair of prowlers outside her Bluff City home "trying to hide behind the chicken pens."
A box in the middle of Booher Drive was reportedly creating a hazard and possibly contained "cut-up deer parts."
At 7:30 p.m., police were asked to check Fort Henry Drive, as two males were reportedly riding horses along the road in the dark.
A Kingsport man called dispatch about two women fighting in his driveway. He identified one brawler as his former girlfriend, the other as his current.
A suspicious man was reported in a Piney Flats neighborhood, allegedly "walking door to door asking people to invest money in his company."
Along Silver Grove Road, according to a caller, a man was "in a canoe shooting ducks."
At 3:30 a.m., a suspicious vehicle was reportedly "driving through a field" off Weaver Branch Road. Police responded to find an abandoned SUV with front-end damage sitting by the roadway. Two males were spotted approximately 50 yards from the vehicle, with them then running away from the deputy. A search located one of the suspects "lying in a field close to the scene." He had an odor of alcohol and denied driving the vehicle — claiming his friend who fled had actually been behind the wheel. The man was arrested for public intoxication, while his acquaintance couldn't be located.
A child called 911 multiple times "reporting fires at various locations." A dispatcher eventually reached the child's mother, with her stating she would take away the phone.
A deputy responded to a crash on Bloomingdale Road, locating a Mazda pickup over an embankment. The driver was found walking in the road on unsteady feet and addressed the officer with slurred speech. According to an arrest report, "when (the suspect) heard the traffic on my portable radio he would start to repeat it over and over again." His parroting of the police communications continued while at the hospital for a blood draw, where he also kept "falling asleep while talking." He was booked into the Blountville jail for DUI.
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