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Police roundup: Nap while car running results in multiple charges

Staff Reports — NET NEWS SERVICE • Aug 24, 2013 at 9:26 PM

An Elk Park, N.C., man was arrested Friday after he fell asleep behind the wheel, did not have his vehicle in gear and his car rolled into a police cruiser, according to a Johnson City police report.

According to the report, an officer saw a vehicle running with its headlights on near West Market and Commerce streets, and noticed the vehicle was not in gear.

The officer then reportedly tried to wake the driver, Randall Cody Guinn, 23, 211 Orchard Road, by knocking on the window, but was unsuccessful.

According to the report, the officer opened the driver’s door, shook the suspect’s left arm and after no response, the officer started to call for EMS, but Guinn woke up and started swinging his arms and screaming.

The officer said Guinn was in a state of panic, put his foot on the gas pedal and removed his other foot from the brake. The vehicle then allegedly rolled out of the parking space and struck the police cruiser.

According to the report, Guinn became more aggressive, hitting and grabbing the officer by his uniform, and the officer was able to get him out of the vehicle.

Another officer who responded to the scene helped the officer apprehend Guinn.

According to the report, the officer smelled alcohol and found an empty 12-ounce Bud Light bottle, a fully consumed 1.7-ounce bottle of tequila and a rolled up $1 bill with white residue sitting on the center console. Three 7.5-milligram hydrocodone pills were also located in Guinn’s pants pocket.

He was arrested and charged with simple possession/casual exchange, driving under the influence and resisting arrest.

Guinn was taken to Washington County Detention Center, where he was being held on $3,000 bond pending a Sessions Court appearance Tuesday at 9 a.m.

In other police news from across the area:

  • UNICOI –– A Unicoi man was arrested Friday following an investigation into a theft of a trailer, a Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department news release said.

The release said a complaint was filed June 24 at the UCSD regarding a stolen 17-foot tri-axle dovetail trailer in the Limestone Cove area. The trailer was reportedly valued at $1,700.

Following an investigation, the trailer was recovered at a Carter County flea market Aug. 19, and investigators traced the alleged theft back to David E. Powers, 33, 120 Morris Road.

Powers was charged with theft over $1,000 and was taken to the Unicoi County Jail pending his arraignment Monday.

  • BRISTOL –– The Bristol Tennessee Police Department served a search warrant on a market on Weaver Pike on Thursday, where they reportedly recovered two “sweepstakes” computers, according to a BTPD news release.

According to the release, officers served the warrant on Andy’s Market, 2117-B Weaver Pike, No. 2, following an investigation into illegal gambling activities at the store that came from a police tip.

Officers seized the two computers and other evidence involved in the alleged gambling operation, and the findings were being turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for presentment to the Sullivan County Grand Jury, according to the release.

Bristol police ask that anyone with information on the location of other gambling machines or anyone who has any information related to the case to call 764-8477 or email tips@bristoltn.org.

  • KINGSPORT — One man is in custody and another hospitalized following an early Friday morning shooting along a Kingsport roadway.

According to a report at the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, shortly before 2 a.m., deputies responded to 1335 Jackson Hollow Road. Two residents of the apartment complex called 911 after hearing a gunshot, followed by a man screaming for help.

At the scene police found Michael Light, 23, of Apartment 2, lying outside in a pool of blood. The incident report says he had a “large wound” to his left forearm, while a trail of blood led to the roadway.

Light allegedly told police that’s where he was shot by Thomas Hammonds, 59, who is the ex-husband of one of his relatives. A woman interviewed by detectives reported the altercation may have arisen over allegations of theft.

SCSO Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says Light had arrived at Hammonds’ home on Brookfield Lane earlier in the evening, asking for a ride. As they drove to Light’s residence an argument occurred, said Earhart, with Hammonds ordering him to get out. Police believe Light was shot after exiting the vehicle.

Detectives located Hammonds at his residence, 154 Brookfield Lane, Lot 3, and took him into custody. He is charged with criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder and aggravated assault.

  • KINGSPORT — A man suffered serious injuries after being partially ejected from his car in an early Friday morning crash.

Kingsport police report the incident occurred at approximately 12:25 a.m. on West Stone Drive, near the intersection of Donelson Drive. For reasons as yet unknown, a 2003 Honda Accord driven by Dustin Eugene Kaywood, 26, exited the roadway directly in front of Jackson Elementary School.

Kaywood’s car reportedly went down an embankment and came to rest on the passenger’s side, with the roof of the vehicle against a tree.

KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton says Kaywood was partially ejected in the crash, but was still pinned inside the car when emergency responders arrived to the scene.

The Kingsport Fire Department and Sullivan County EMS extricated Kaywood from the vehicle. He was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.

An investigation into the crash is continuing.

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