Stone Drive motorist's selfie triggers arrest

Rain Smith • Jul 11, 2019 at 2:36 PM

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

Rogersville Police Department

July 4

At Little Caesars, a customer directed “racial and vulgar” comments toward a juvenile female employee, spurring an exchange of words with one of the girl’s coworkers. The man went home but later returned, causing another disturbance, which prompted a response from police. Upon questioning, he admitted to drinking three shots. He was then transported home, with his vehicle left at the restaurant, and was ordered not to return. Less than 30 minutes later, police spotted him back in the parking lot. He had an odor of alcohol and slurred speech and was jailed for public intoxication.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

July 9

A 70-year-old Mooresburg woman reported meeting a man on Instagram who claimed to be from Nigeria, then sending him $7,600 worth of Google cards and a $2,000 bank transfer. She was advised she was the victim of a scam.

July 10

At a Church Hill mobile home lot, a woman returned to find a neighbor inside her home, holding a bag full of pilfered items. The suspect bailed out of a bedroom window, threw the bag in the bushes, and ran back to her trailer. When located and interviewed by police, she claimed to have been given a key to the victim’s residence and to have had permission to be there. She was arrested.

Kingsport Police Department

July 9

— Shortly after 6 a.m., a resident of Sylvan Drive in Colonial Heights spotted an unknown man sleeping in a backyard tree house. When officers arrived, the man said he was staying at a nearby motel and had decided to take a walk at about 4 a.m. He then admitted to climbing up the tree and conceded he didn’t have permission to do so. He was arrested for trespassing.

— A woman reported that while at the Kingsport Public Library, an unknown man approached, stroked her leg and asked, “Can I get some of that?” When she replied no and told him to get away, he complied. Later she discovered $10 was missing from her backpack and believed he had swiped it. The woman provided a description of the suspect and said she had previously seen him at the Salvation Army.

July 10

A patrol officer on East Stone Drive spotted the driver of a pickup “hold his cell phone up about his head and begin to take pictures while the vehicle was in motion.” During a subsequent traffic stop, he handed over a Mexican passport, but did not have a valid driver’s license or U.S. identification. He was arrested for use of a handheld phone while driving — a law that went into effect last week — and operating a vehicle without a license.