Unicoi County man charged with two counts of attempted murder

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated Jul 3, 2019 at 8:22 AM

ERWIN — A Unicoi County man has been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder for allegedly ramming a couple’s vehicle with his pickup truck and firing shots in their vicinity Saturday near the Beauty Spot lookout on Unaka Mountain.

Charles Andrew Moore was jailed under $100,000 bond and is scheduled for a hearing on the charges in Unicoi County Sessions Court on July 11.

According to Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley, the incident began near the popular lookout after Moore encountered the couple who had reportedly taken in his ex-girlfriend after their breakup.

He is accused of revving the engine of the truck and slinging gravel on the couple’s vehicle, firing shots in their vicinity, ramming the truck into the vehicle and chasing the couple in their vehicle along Rock Creek Road to a point near Rock Creek Park, where he lost control of the truck and wrecked.

The sheriff said the couple called to report the incident and Moore was arrested after a K-9 officer tracked him to a spot about 70 yards from the wrecked pickup.

A 9 mm pistol and a 16-gauge shotgun were recovered from his vehicle. No one was injured in the incident.

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