WILLIAM M. DOCKERY
CHURCH HILL --- A man who reported his pickup stolen last month in Church Hill reportedly spotted the truck hauling furniture on Silver Lake Road Friday and called police.
The truck, which had four occupants including driver William M. Dockery was later located again in Mount Carmel.
Following an investigation all four were charged with possession of stolen property.
Dockery, 23, 190 Whitaker Road, Jonesborough, initially told CHPD Officer Dustin Dean he'd purchased the pickup from one man, and then later gave a different name of the seller.
Dockery produced a title that didn't match the truck, and then allegedly stated he thought a couch he was hauling in the truck might be stolen.
Shortly before 4:30 p.m. Friday Dean and Officers Ethan Calhoun were dispatched to the Silver Lake area in reference to a stolen 1978 Ford F-250 that had been seen in the area by the owner.
"The owner reported the truck stolen to the Church Hill Police Department about one month ago from the Old Mountaineer Restaurant parking lot," CHPD Chief Mark Johnson said. "The owner saw the truck and tried to get the driver to stop, but the driver accelerated away from him at a high rate of speed. The owner stated the vehicle was hauling furniture and had two males and two females in the truck."
About 10 minutes later, the truck was seen by Mount Carmel Police Officer David Dean on Hammond Avenue near Ellis Lane.
Officers converged on the area and located the truck parked in Valley Village Trailer Park and saw four people walking away from it.
They hid behind some trailers and were then located by other officers.
Aside from Dockery, police arrested Amber Noel Sexton, 22, 190 Whitaker Road, Jonesborough; Ashley Nicole Hall, 21, 1000 Stonegate Road Apt. P-10, Kingsport; and Harold J. Quillen, 26, 129 Jones St., Rogersville.
Dockery reportedly admitted driving the truck while the owner was behind them. Dockery stated, "it freaked him out" and that was why he fled.
Dean discovered that Dockery and two other co-defendants changed clothes after they exited the truck, and threw the clothing into a pasture before hiding.