Nearly naked pair flee Kingsport cops in stolen car

Rain Smith • Sep 17, 2019 at 3:02 PM

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

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office

Sept. 13

— A deputy was called to the hospital to speak with a man suffering from broken bones. While mowing his yard in Blountville, according to his account, his brother-in-law drove past in his pickup and swerved to hit him. The driver is alleged to have then exited the vehicle and "stomped him on the head" several times. An arrest warrant was obtained for the suspect, who was allegedly angry over money issues in the family.

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office

Sept. 13

— A woman reported her ex-stepson had recently returned to town, then memorized her banking account's PIN during trips with her to the store. Now, nearly $1,500 in fraudulent purchases have been made to the card.

— At a domestic disturbance in Rogersville, a man said he "didn't know why" his wife called police. He explained that he had only been "praying in the front yard," according to an incident report, and admitted to smoking pot and drinking nine beers. Meanwhile, she accused him of yelling and screaming while intoxicated and "talking to God." Ultimately, she left the residence for the night, and police took no action.

Kingsport Police Department

Sept. 11

— A man claimed that during an argument with his girlfriend about her "criminal past," she came at him with a knife. He disarmed the woman and kicked her out of his apartment, but now she keeps sending "vulgar messages … leaving rotten food on his doorstep."

— On West Center Street, police stopped a motorist who had a cell phone to his ear. He told an officer that he had forgotten about the new hands-free law, while a check of his information found his license was revoked. Sobriety testing also determined he was intoxicated, netting his arrest on multiple charges.

Sept. 14

— Occupants of a truck claimed that while traveling on Interstate 26, an unknown man in another vehicle fired several shots at them with a handgun. No motive was provided, while a responding officer observed no bullet holes to their truck. A check of the area failed to locate any potential suspects.

— In the parking lot of the Fort Henry Mall, an officer found a partially clothed couple inside a car. The male in the driver's seat — who was wearing only his underwear — advised he had left his ID at home. The female added that they both worked at a nearby business and had just got off work. When a check of the vehicle's tag revealed it was stolen, the man started the engine and accelerated away, successfully eluding police via Memorial Boulevard. A BOLO was issued but yielded no results.