|On March 10, 2020 at approximately 4:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers observed Troy Darnell Hollins walking on Dorothy Street in Kingsport. Hollins was already wanted by K.P.D. on outstanding felony warrants for Aggravated Animal Cruelty (2 counts) and Theft of Property over $1,000. The officer ordered him to stop; however, he failed to comply, ran toward a silver Pontiac Grand Prix, entered the vehicle, and sped away.
The officer ran across several yards and was able to get ahead of the Pontiac on the adjacent Robertson Street as Hollins was exiting the neighborhood. The officer once again shouted for Mr. Hollins to stop, but he veered the vehicle directly toward the officer and accelerated in a deliberate attempt to hit him.
The officer took evasive action and was able to avoid being struck; however, Mr. Hollins drove the Pontiac onto the sidewalk, sideswiped both a van that was stopped in the roadway and a utility pole, and then fled the scene on Gibson Mill Road toward Stone Drive. All other officers were immediately alerted via radio to be on the lookout for Mr. Hollins and his vehicle.
Another K.P.D. Patrol Officer soon spotted Mr. Hollins in the Pontiac traveling west on West Stone Drive. The officer initiated a traffic stop, but Mr. Hollins refused to stop and continued to flee. During the resultant pursuit, Mr. Hollins drove through three red lights and reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
Mr. Hollins eventually lost control of the Pontiac and crashed into a tree near the intersection of West Stone Drive at University Boulevard. The pursuing officer had to break a window out of the vehicle in order to take him into custody.
Further investigation revealed that his driver license was suspended. At the time of his arrest, he was found to be in possession of a partially burnt marijuana cigarette and a glass pipe commonly associated with the ingestion of illegal narcotics.
In addition to his preexisting felony charges of Aggravated Animal Cruelty (2 counts) and Theft of Property over $1,000, Mr. Hollins was charged with a litany of new charges to include the following:
1) Resisting a Stop, Frisk, or Halt
2) Attempted First Degree Murder of a Police Officer
3) Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Collision
4) Failure to Obey Traffic Signal (3 counts)
5) Reckless Driving
6) Felony Reckless Endangerment
7) Resisting Arrest
8) Simple Possession of Marijuana
9) Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
10) Driving on Suspended License
As of the time of issuance of this news release, Mr. Hollins remains confined in the Kingsport City Jail awaiting arraignment.
For further information on Mr. Hollins preexisting charges, please see the previously issued news release linked below: