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Sullivan County teen claims spiked drink preceded theft, crash

July 11th, 2014 7:00 pm by Rain Smith

Sullivan County teen claims spiked drink preceded theft, crash

Dylan Bell

A Kingsport teen reportedly had a felonious albeit brief ride on Friday morning, stealing a pickup and then rolling it outside his own home, located less than one mile from the victim's.

Dylan Bell, 19, of 7108 Lone Star Road, was arrested shortly after 9 a.m. by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office. According to a police report on the incident, an acquaintance of Bell's father first contacted police approximately five hours earlier.

According to the victim's statements, he was awakened by the sound of his 1999 Dodge Ram leaving the driveway, located in the 6700 block of Lone Star Road. Residents of the home then went outside to find that not only had the vehicle been stolen, but whoever was responsible had also struck a tractor with the vehicle while leaving. The suspect also appeared to have driven through the yard.

Initial attempts to find the pickup were unsuccessful, with the victim unable to name any possible suspects. But later in the morning, police were called back to the home.

Upon arrival, officers learned Dylan Bell had visited the victim, accompanied by his father. The pickup owner was then told that his missing vehicle was crashed at their residence.

An arrest report states that when Bell was subsequently questioned by an officer, he admitted to taking a pair of tequila shots at a party the previous night — adding that they made him "feel weird."

Bell also allegedly stated that after drinking the liquor, other revelers informed him that someone had "put something" in the drinks.

Bell reportedly told police that he didn't remember anything from that point up until he awoke in the passenger side of the stolen pickup, which had been rolled on its side over an embankment.

"Dylan said he climbed up the seat and looked out and was at his house," reads the arrest report. "Dylan said he went inside and woke up his dad and told him what had happened."

Dylan Bell was then arrested and transported to the Sullivan County Justice Center. He is charged with motor vehicle theft and auto burglary. He also faces one charge of vandalism due to damage incurred to the victim's tractor as Bell allegedly drove from the residence. 

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