Motorists dodge self-destructive man on Stone Drive

Rain Smith • Jan 31, 2019 at 2:15 PM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

Jan. 30

The manager of a Dollar General reported harassment by an employee’s ex-boyfriend, saying he had called the store several times over the past week. In one instance, the caller threatened that “someone would come there with a bomb” if the woman was not fired. The case was assigned to detectives.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

Jan. 30

A woman called police about a man who allegedly “urinated on her clothing.” A deputy responded to her Bristol home to find the couple were actually married and that no assault had taken place. No charges were filed.

Kingsport Police Department

Jan. 25

— At Walmart on West Stone Drive, loss prevention detained a woman who was placing merchandise into a bag. When police arrived, she reasoned that she had yet to pass the checkout area, thus she “hadn’t shoplifted yet.” However, she had been previously banned from the store — netting a trespassing charge — and was wanted on a warrant out of Scott County. Yelling loudly while being arrested netted a charge of disorderly conduct, while loaded syringes in her wallet spurred drug charges.

— A woman in the Indian Path emergency room claimed that someone had poisoned her. Ultimately, it was determined she needed to be detained for a mental evaluation, at which time she grabbed her purse and ran out of the hospital. Two nurses chased the female into the parking lot, where she hopped into an SUV and recklessly fled, nearly striking them. Detectives were assigned to the case for further investigation.

— In a waiting room at Holston Valley Medical Center, a man was awakened by people “being loud.” He told everyone to “shut up,” according to security, then mentioned coming to the hospital with a firearm. Police spoke with the man — who was found to be unarmed — and banned him from the hospital. About two hours later, the 59-year-old returned to the facility and “started causing a disturbance.” This time, responding police arrested him for trespassing.

Jan. 28

At about 7:20 p.m., Central Dispatch began fielding calls about a pedestrian acting erratically along East Stone Drive.  He was jumping in and out of traffic, trying to make motorists hit him, and was struck by the bumper of one car. When a motorist stopped to try and get him out of the highway, the suspect allegedly “tried to fight.” An officer found the man near John B. Dennis Highway. He claimed he was only walking to get cigarettes, then admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking pot. After being medically cleared by a responding EMS unit, he was booked into jail for public intoxication. A small baggie of marijuana in his pocket netted an additional drug charge.