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Woman pleads to perjury for false kidnapping report

January 8th, 2014 2:45 pm by Jeff Bobo

Woman pleads to perjury for false kidnapping report

Donna Kay Tester

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County woman who falsely accused her former brother-in-law of kidnapping her at knifepoint shortly after a relationship between the two of them ended accepted a plea bargain Tuesday to a reduced perjury charge.

Donna Kay Tester, 33, 223 Gatewood Road, Surgoinsville, was originally charged with felony filing a false report by Church Hill Police Department Detective Kevin Grigsby in July of last year.

On July 9, Tester filed a kidnapping report, stating that on the previous night between 9:30-10:30 p.m. she had been abducted at knifepoint by her former brother-in-law. 

“Tester stated she had just dropped off a friend at her home on Lloyd's Chapel Road, and that while she was driving away, her former brother-in-law was walking on Lloyds Chapel Road,” Grigsby said in his report. “Tester stated the former brother-in-law stepped in front of her vehicle and she stopped. He then produced a large knife and forced his way into the vehicle with threat of violence.”

Grigsby said Tester also claimed her former brother-in-law took control of the vehicle, wouldn’t let her out and drove to Kingsport. 

Tester claimed she was able to escape at a gas station on Bloomingdale Road and called a friend for help. 

She also filed a stolen vehicle report with the Kingsport Police Department alleging that her former brother-in-law fled in her vehicle without her consent. 

“During the course of my investigation, I spoke with a witness who stated that Tester had not dropped her off on the night in question, and that she had not even seen Tester in over a month,” Grigsby said. “I also learned that Tester had been involved in a relationship with her former brother-in-law up until recently, and that she had signed the title of the vehicle over to her former brother-in-law sometime after this report was filed.”

Tester pleaded to the reduced misdemeanor perjury charge before Sessions Judge J. Todd Ross during Tuesday’s Church Hill court session.

She was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of probation and fined $100.

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