A Kingsport man allegedly in the midst of a sleepless, eight-day gravel binge faces multiple charges. He's accused of threatening to kill family members and cops with a shotgun, holding his wife against her will and fleeing police on two occasions.
Glen M. Castle, 49, of 3225 Brownlow Road, was apprehend Friday morning following a search of a wooded area off Mill Creek Road. According to reports filed at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, the incident began on Thursday afternoon. That's when Castle's parents allegedly arrived home to find Castle lying on a bed and "smoking dope."
SCSO reports state that when told to leave the Kingsport residence, Castle grabbed a shotgun and threatened to "blow their (expletive) heads off." He then pointed the gun at his parents and another family member who was present.
A struggle for the weapon ensued, according to the victims' statements to police, with Castle hitting his father in the head with the butt end of the gun. When Castle was told police were going to be called, he allegedly threatened to "kill every cop" that responded. The family members then locked Castle in the basement and fled the home.
Police were unable to locate Castle immediately after taking the report. But approximately two hours later, shortly before 8 p.m., he was spotted driving a Chevrolet Silverado south on John B. Dennis Highway.
When a deputy attempted to conduct a stop, Castle reportedly accelerated quickly and fled, running a red light at Wilcox Drive. Police report that while illegally crossing through the intersection, Castle narrowly missed crashing into a pair of vehicles.
A report says the pursuit continued on John B. Dennis to Shady View Road, where Castle proceeded to pass multiple vehicles by crossing the center line into oncoming traffic. When Castle turned onto Rock Springs Road and then Blakely Drive, the pursuit was terminated out of concern for public safety.
Officers canvassed the area and located Castle's vehicle in a driveway on Old Bell Hollow Road. When an officer stopped, Castle reportedly exited the vehicle and ran away, leaving behind a female passenger. Police say they also located a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and drug paraphernalia in the truck.
The woman, identified as Castle's wife, stated he had earlier picked her up on Gravely Road. He reportedly told her that they were going to pick up their children, adding he'd "kill anyone" who got in their way.
Soon thereafter the police pursuit began, with the woman telling officers that she begged for Castle to stop and let her out of his pickup.
Officers investigating the incident reportedly learned that Castle had not slept for eight straight days due to smoking the street drug gravel — an illegal chemical that acts on the cardiovascular and central nervous system.
Police spent the early morning hours of Friday searching for Castle, locating him in a wooded area off Mill Creek Road at approximately 7:30 a.m. He was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault, felony evading arrest and kidnapping, with additional charges pending.
Castle was arrested in July of last year by Sullivan County police, charged with aggravated assault against his wife and false reporting.
In that incident deputies responded to a report of two men and a woman "beating" a female at a residence on Cardinal Street. When officers arrived and knocked on the door, Castle answered and allegedly claimed there was no disturbance.
But inside the home and behind Castle's back, according to police reports, a woman was observed crawling on her hands and knees, bleeding from her mouth and "asking for help." The victim, whom Castle allegedly claimed to be his daughter, was later identified as his wife.
The woman reported Castle had punched her in the face, while another man hit her several times in the stomach. A woman who was present allegedly held the victim down so she could not leave. Castle and the other two suspects were arrested at the scene.