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Reckless driving blamed on low fuel, robbers

March 27th, 2014 4:45 pm by Rain Smith

Reckless driving blamed on low fuel, robbers

The blotter is derived from recent central dispatch records and incident reports of area police agencies.

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office

March 23

An angry Bristol resident reported someone keeps, "dumping dead roosters on his lawn." He named no suspects in the incidents, which had allegedly occurred at various times over several weeks.

March 24


Police responded to a Kingsport home, where a woman had injured her arm while "throwing rocks at a male."

March 25

During an argument over the amount of time spent on the phone, and his failure to complete homework, a 15-year-old Bluff City boy attempted to strangled his father. He was transported by police to a juvenile detention center, while the victim received treatment at the hospital.

A Bloomingdale business owner advised someone was stealing electricity, with an extension cord running from his building into their house.

A 22-year-old woman called police to a Blountville residence during a dispute with her brother, age 30. She stated he had given her a hair straightener, with the fight spurred by his request for it back. He also allegedly threatened to break the windows out of her car, but she declined to pursue any charges.

Hawkins County Sheriff's office

March 24


A 73-year-old man requested extra police patrols around his property, due to an ongoing dispute with a neighbor. He accused the other man, 88, of repeatedly "shaking his wood fence" — saying his actions had been a problem for "about 37 years."

March 25

A lost laptop was located along Highway 66. The owner had reported it missing five days prior, saying she had accidentally left it on top of her car, then driven down the road.

March 26

Dispatch was alerted to an intoxicated man "destroying property" inside a Rogersville home. A responding deputy located the "belligerent" suspect bleeding from his right hand, while a hole was kicked in a door and a wooden chest had been busted. Based on statements from victims at the scene, he was arrested for domestic violence.

Kingsport Police Department

March 26


An off-duty police sergeant called dispatch after spotting a reckless motorist. The man allegedly ran a stop sign to enter West Stone Drive, forcing a pair of other drivers to, "abruptly skid to avoid a collision." He then drove through the parking lot of a gas station and onto Bloomingdale Pike, where he briefly stopped at another convenience store. After leaving there and turning onto Arbutus Avenue, he was stopped by a patrol officer. The man first blamed his reckless driving on, "running out of gas." When then asked why he didn't get fuel at the convenience store, he changed his story, saying he was trying to escape from people who had robbed him. Upon learning an off duty officer had observed his actions, the man conceded to his lies and, "apologized for his behavior." Police located a pipe with burnt marijuana residue in his pocket, along with a capped syringe "between his buttocks." He was arrested and charged with reckless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia.

March 27


An officer observed a van run a stop sign at Wanola Avenue and Ravine Road. Upon spotting police attempting to conduct a stop, a passenger threw a baggie out of the window. Several hundred feet later the driver pulled over. While speaking with the occupants, police noticed the interior of the vehicle was "littered with small amounts" of marijuana and marijuana stems, while a "white powdery substance" was on the dash. A search of the roadway found a baggie of pot the passenger is believed to have thrown out, while field testing of the powder indicated it was cocaine. Both individuals were arrested.

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