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Kingsport police stop man who was stabbing himself in stomach

Rain Smith • Jun 22, 2018 at 2:15 PM

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

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

June 18

— On Highway 75 in Blountville, a woman reportedly “felt like a vehicle behind her was tailgating.” She stopped her car in the road and exited to confront the other motorist, who tried to drive around, but instead bumped her and knocked her to the ground. A deputy advised both parties how to pursue private prosecution.

— A Bristol woman called police after receiving texts from an unknown number. The sender had included a long list of names and addresses, including the recipient’s. The person sending the texts called the people on the list child molesters and threatened to send someone to the woman’s home to harm her.

Kingsport Police Department

June 18

A woman told police that she and her boyfriend got into an argument about him “making meth in their backyard.” He choked her and hit her multiple times with a PVC pipe, then choked her again with an electrical cord. The suspect denied the accusations and blamed the woman’s injuries on her getting drunk at a neighbor’s house. He was arrested for aggravated assault.

June 19

Shortly before 2 a.m., police were alerted to a shirtless man walking on Stonegate Road while repeatedly “stabbing himself in the stomach with a knife.” An officer found the bleeding suspect on the steps of a church. He followed commands to drop the weapon, but then clenched his fists, started breathing rapidly and refused to lie down. Once a K-9 was deployed from a cruiser and began barking, the man complied. As officers tried to secure him for treatment from responding paramedics, he started kicking and fighting and had to be Tasered. He was then transported to a hospital for medical care and a mental evaluation.

June 20

On Rock Springs Road, a patrol officer tried to stop a Dodge Ram traveling 60 mph in a 30 mph zone. The driver fled, running two stop signs before the pursuit was terminated. A check of vehicle registration led police to a home on Oak Haven Drive and the 43-year-old suspect. He said he “ran because he was scared.” Along with speeding, he was charged with felony evading arrest, then booked into the city jail.

June 21

At about 1 p.m., police were alerted to a man on Clay Street yelling at cars, flailing his arms and “only wearing his underwear.” He was located at the gazebo at Glen Bruce Park, where he proceeded to tell an officer about “cupcakes, werewolves and ‘squishy.’ ” Due to the man’s agitated state and twitchy movements, the officer talked to him until backup arrived. He was then arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

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