Stick shift foils would-be car thief in Kingsport

Rain Smith • Jul 30, 2019 at 2:05 PM

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

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

July 26

During a DUI arrest along Highway 11-E, the female suspect grew combative and had to be lifted into a police cruiser. She reportedly explained that she doesn’t “have anything against the law. I just don’t like men in general.”

July 28

Police were alerted to a pair of burglars carrying items from an outbuilding on Summerville Road. A deputy found the suspects, a man and woman, lying in a nearby tree line with the stolen possessions. However, they claimed they were only in the woods to have sex. An incident report notes the woman had chocolate icing “partially covering her body.” A baggie of meth, also smeared with chocolate, was found nearby. Both were arrested on theft and drug charges.

Kingsport Police Department

July 25

At about 10 p.m. on East Stone Drive, an officer attempted to stop a U-Haul truck that was weaving and didn’t have the headlights activated. The driver accelerated to more than 70 mph, then crashed while attempting to turn onto Spring Valley Drive. The lone occupant of the vehicle, a 39-year-old Kingsport woman, tried to run from the scene but tripped and was apprehended. A search found she possessed 15 debit cards, five cell phones and driver’s licenses for five people. Detectives were notified to investigate, and she was jailed on multiple charges.

July 27

— The manager of Family Dollar on West Sullivan Street reported a man was refusing to leave, adding that he had “blocked several customers from coming in the store, saying the store belonged to him.” When questioned by police, his answers didn’t make sense, and he had an odor of alcohol. He was arrested for public intoxication.

— Shortly before noon, police responded to Walmart on Fort Henry Drive. A 69-year-old woman reported that while asleep in the back seat of her Kia Soul, an unknown female opened the door and entered the driver’s seat. The stranger, age 46, then revved the engine to try and leave, but apparently didn’t know how to operate a manual transmission. When policed arrived, she was still on the scene, and the car smelled of burning clutch. Despite her assertion that the car belonged to her — and that she allegedly had it shipped from Washington state — she was arrested for attempted felony theft.

July 28

At about 6:45 p.m., a caller from Food City on Clinchfield Street claimed a woman in a truck was “obviously” performing a sex act on a man. When police arrived in the parking lot and questioned the pair, they said they didn’t know each other; he had just picked her up to provide a ride. The woman reportedly confirmed the consensual sexual contact, while officers could see that the man was aroused. He declined further comment and became uncooperative. She was arrested on outstanding warrants. He was jailed for public intoxication, as he had an odor of alcohol and slurred speech, and indecent exposure.