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Redflex disdain nets endangerment charge in Kingsport

Rain Smith rsmith@timesnews.net • Jan 11, 2019 at 12:04 PM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

Jan. 3

— An assault was reported at a Rogersville home, where a woman stopped to drop off her children with their father. When he allegedly “refused to take them,” the two began to argue and she “jumped on top of him and hit him with a boot.” Police could not determine a primary aggressor and took no action.

— A Mooresburg man told police that his son ran inside and told him that two men had just stolen a bicycle from their home. According to the complainant, he confronted the pair and retrieved it without incident.

Kingsport Police Department

Jan. 9

— Shoplifting was reported at a gas station on East Stone Drive, where a man walked out of the store with $12 in beer. As he departed, a car outside the store backed out and drove away, with the theft suspect running across a neighboring parking lot to try to chase it down. A police check of the area couldn’t locate the man or vehicle.

— Police were alerted to an intoxicated woman in a Lynn Garden fast-food restaurant, where they found her lying in a booth “with her head hanging off and touching the ground.” She mumbled that she was drunk and “just wanted to go home” but could not walk or stand without assistance. She was transported to jail on a charge of public intoxication.

Jan. 10

— Officers responded to Model City Apartments on a complaint of a banned man being on the property. When the suspect was spotted in a breezeway, he ignored police and bolted, running across all lanes of adjacent Interstate 26. Following a pursuit onto Union Street, he was apprehended in a wooded area. Along with trespassing, he was charged with evading arrest.

— Charges were issued for a series of Redflex incidents. On Dec. 21 along Fort Henry Drive, an officer spotted a car run a light that had been red for three seconds. The Subaru BRZ was allegedly traveling 55 mph in a 35 mph zone, while a tattooed left arm was extended out the window to flip off the camera. No pursuit was initiated, but since October, Redflex has recorded the same car run two additional lights, and the same driver flipping the bird. On Thursday, police located the suspect, 19, at his home. He admitted to a pair of the incidents but said he couldn’t recollect the other. Along with being charged with violations for running red lights, he was served a criminal summons for reckless endangerment.

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