|On September 6, 2021 at approximately 6:15 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to Eastman Chemical Company, Gate 6, located at 100 North Eastman Road in Kingsport.
An individual, later identified as Justin Lee Carroll, had crashed a 2006 Nissan Maxima through the perimeter security gate and continued on into the plant. Mr. Carroll had then parked his vehicle and stuffed a roll of napkins into the cup holder and ignited them. The fire eventually spread to other parts of the vehicle before being extinguished.
Mr. Carroll fled from the Nissan and stole a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado owned by Eastman Chemical Company. He drove the stolen pickup through the plant while being pursued by responding Kingsport Police Officers. Several employees had to take evasive action to avoid being struck by Mr. Carroll in the stolen pickup.
Mr. Carroll eventually crashed the stolen pickup into a fence. He attempted to flee again in the pickup; however, the tires were unable to get traction on the wet grass. Despite repeated commands for him to stop and exit the pickup, Officers eventually had to forcibly remove him from the vehicle to take him into custody.
At the time of his apprehension, he was found to be in possession of over 48 grams of Methamphetamine (individually packaged for resale), unlawful drug paraphernalia (a glass pipe), and over $1,100 in currency (believed to be proceeds from unlawful drug transactions.
He was arrested on a litany of charges, detailed in the chart below, and transported to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Following treatment, he was transported to the Kingsport City Jail, where as of the time of issuance of this news release, he remains confined.
Mr. Carroll was arraigned earlier this morning where his bond was set at $75,000. He is scheduled to appear back in court on September 21, 2001 at 1:00 PM. He will be transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville later today.
The investigation into this incident remains open and active. As such, no further details, to include a possible motive, are available for release at this time.