KPD e-News Release: New K.P.D. Policy Ups the Ante for Motorists Who Continue to Violate State Law by Driving Uninsured Vehicles

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: New K.P.D. Policy Ups the Ante for Motorists Who Continue to Violate State Law by Driving Uninsured Vehicles
DATE: March 15, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department has a new policy in effect in hopes of deterring those who continue to violate state law by driving uninsured vehicles. This policy, in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 55-12-139, authorizes Kingsport Police Officers to tow vehicles on the spot for violations of the Tennessee Financial Responsibility Law.

The intent of this policy is to deter drivers from driving uninsured vehicles in the City of Kingsport and encourage compliance with Tennessee State Law. This policy also equips K.P.D. Officers with an extremely useful tool to at least temporarily take away the opportunity for the offense to continue by promptly removing the vehicle in violation from the road.

According to the Insurance Research Council (IRC), an independent nonprofit research organization supported by leading property and casualty insurance companies, 12.6% of motorists nationwide, or approximately 1 in 8 drivers, are uninsured. IRC research indicated that the number of uninsured motorists in the State of Tennessee is 20.1%, or roughly 1 in 5 drivers, which is significantly higher than the national average.

The Tennessee State Financial Responsibility Law (TCA 55-12-139) requires all motorists to provide “evidence of financial responsibility” (proof of insurance) upon request from a law enforcement officer when the driver of a vehicle is stopped for a traffic offense or the vehicle in question is involved in a collision.

A basic violation of the Financial Responsibility Law is a Class C Misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $300. If a driver in violation of the Financial Responsibility Law misrepresents having insurance that they know to be invalid, the offense is increased to a Class A Misdemeanor.

The Class A Misdemeanor enhancement is also applicable whenever the uninsured motorist is the individual at fault in a motor vehicle collision that results in bodily injury or death of another person. A Class A Misdemeanor is an arrestable offense, punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and significantly higher fines and court costs.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Overturned Tractor Trailer Shuts Down Northbound Interstate 81 in Kingsport

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Overturned Tractor Trailer Shuts Down Northbound Interstate 81 in Kingsport
DATE: March 15, 2017
CASE #: 17-005968
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Wednesday, March 15, 2017 as of 2:30 AM, the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Kingsport have been completely shut down. This closure comes as a result of an overturned tractor trailer that was initially fully involved in flames. No injuries were reported. Both the Kingsport Police and Fire Departments are on scene.

The actual incident is at mile marker 59; however, I-81 has been closed at mile marker 57 at the I-26 interchange. Complete or partial lane closures will likely remain in effect for the remainder of the night to allow for the fire to be extinguished, as well as the safe investigation of the incident and cleanup of the scene.

Motorists already in the immediate area are asked to exercise caution and patience and obey all traffic instructions. All other motorists are encouraged to make themselves aware of this incident and plan an alternate route so as to avoid the area altogether and prevent any unnecessary traffic congestion and delays.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Another Seemingly Routine Traffic Stop for Minor Traffic Violation Results in Felony Drug and Weapon Charges

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Another Seemingly Routine Traffic Stop for Minor Traffic Violation Results in Felony Drug and Weapon Charges
DATE: March 14, 2017
CASE #: 17-005836
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Monday, March 13, 2017 at approximately 2:00 PM, an Officer assigned to the Kingsport Police Department Traffic Unit observed a red 2000 Chevrolet Blazer sport utility vehicle traveling through two separate school zones (Dobyns-Bennett High School and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School) in close proximity to one another along East Center Street. The Officer noticed that the driver, later identified as Dominick A. Doxtater, was not wearing his seatbelt.

A traffic stop was conducted and during the investigation that followed, the Officer learned that Mr. Doxtater was not currently licensed to drive in the State of Tennessee. The Officer also noticed a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle, with Doxtater subsequently admitting that he had both marijuana and a firearm concealed under the passenger seat. A K.P.D. K-9 search resulted in a positive indication for drugs to further confirm the above information.

A resultant search of the vehicle yielded the seizure of:

1) A large clear plastic baggie containing approximately 1 ounce of marijuana.

2) A set of digital scales

3) A Phoenix Arms .22 caliber handgun

Mr. Doxtater was arrested and charged with the following:

1) Possession of a Schedule VI Drug (Marijuana) for Resale within 1,000 Feet of a School (Dobyns-Bennett High School and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School)

2) Maintaining a Dwelling (Vehicle) Where Drugs are Used, Stored, Manufactured, or Distributed

3) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia (Scales)

4) Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony

5) No Driver License

6) Violation of Seatbelt Law

He was arraigned the following morning and currently remains confined in the Kingsport City Jail in lieu of a $15,000 bond as specified by the presiding judge.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Dominick A. Doxtater
Age Date of Birth 12/15/1997

19 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 1005 East Sevier Avenue

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Possession of a Schedule VI Drug (Marijuana) for Resale within 1,000 Feet of a School (Dobyns-Bennett High School and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School)

2) Maintaining a Dwelling (Vehicle) Where Drugs are Used, Stored, Manufactured, or Distributed

3) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia (Scales)

4) Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony

5) No Driver License

6) Violation of Seatbelt Law

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Routine Speeding Infraction Nets Motorist with $100,000 Bond on Litany of Drug and Weapons Related Felonies

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Routine Speeding Infraction Nets Motorist with $100,000 Bond on Litany of Drug and Weapons Related Felonies
DATE: March 13, 2017
CASE #: 17-005716
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Saturday, March 11, 2017 at approximately 10:45 PM, a Kingsport Police Department Patrol Sergeant conducted a seemingly routine traffic stop on a silver 2014 Chevrolet Captiva compact sport utility vehicle on East Stone Drive near Arbutus Avenue after witnessing the vehicle traveling 15 miles over the posted speed limit (60 mph in a 45 mph zone).

The driver was subsequently identified as Alex Scott Miller. A check of his driver license status revealed that it was currently revoked as a result of a previous conviction for Driving Under the Influence. Mr. Miller was initially placed under arrest for Driving on a Revoked License and Speeding. During a search of his person incident to arrest, a large amount of U.S. currency was located in his pocket. Mr. Miller consented to a search of his vehicle, during which the following items were located:

1) Approximately 23 grams of a black substance believed to be Heroin

2) Approximately 187 grams of a crystal substance believed to be Methamphetamine

3) Packaging materials for the above narcotics

4) Approximately 1 gram of a green plant material believed to be Marijuana

5) Taurus .40 caliber handgun with approximately 20 rounds of ammunition

6) Rossi .22 caliber rifle with approximately 23 rounds of ammunition

Detectives from the K.P.D. Vice and Narcotics Unit were called in for assistance. During the ensuing investigation, Detectives discovered that Mr. Miller was a convicted felon in both Tennessee and Virginia. It was also determined that the location of this traffic stop fell within the prescribed criminal enhancement range of 1,000 feet of a municipal park (Kingsport Greenbelt).

Mr. Miller was transported to the Kingsport City Jail. During booking, an alert K.P.D. Corrections Officer discovered that he was in possession of a Stoker’s snuff can with an addition 3 grams of a crystal substance believed to be Methamphetamine concealed within. He was ultimately charged with the following:

1) Possession of Schedule II Drugs (Heroin and Meth) For Resale Within 1,000 Feet of a Municipal Park (Kingsport Greenbelt)

2) Simple Possession of a Schedule VI Drug (Marijuana)

3) Maintaining a Dwelling (Vehicle) Where Narcotics are Used, Stored, Manufactured, or Distributed

4) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia (Packaging Materials)

5) Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony

6) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

7) Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility

8) Driving on a Revoked License

9) Speeding (60 mph in a 45 mph zone)

The weapons were seized and were placed into evidence. The drugs were seized and will be sent to the T.B.I. Crime Lab for analysis. Approximately $2,000 in cash was seized as suspected profits from illegal drug transactions. Mr. Miller currently remains confined in the Kingsport City Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond as determined by the presiding judge.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Alex Scott Miller
Age Date of Birth 6/23/1980

36 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 207 Dover Avenue

Mount Carmel, TN

Charge(s) 1) Possession of Schedule II Drugs (Heroin and Meth) For Resale Within 1,000 Feet of a Municipal Park (Kingsport Greenbelt)

2) Simple Possession of a Schedule VI Drug (Marijuana)

3) Maintaining a Dwelling (Vehicle) Where Narcotics are Used, Stored, Manufactured, or Distributed

4) Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia (Packaging Materials)

5) Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony

6) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

7) Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility

8) Driving on a Revoked License

9) Speeding (60 mph in a 45 mph zone)

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: AT&T Mobility 9-1-1 Issue Appears to be Resolved

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: AT&T Mobility 9-1-1 Issue Appears to be Resolved
DATE: March 8, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On March 8, 2017 at approximately 10:30 PM, the Kingsport Emergency Communications Center was informed that the 9-1-1 calling issue effecting Tennessee AT&T Mobility customers appears to have been resolved.

If for any reason anyone continues to experience issues, the non-emergency number, 423-246-9111, is always an option, as is calling from a phone serviced by a different carrier. Any future issues should also be reported immediately.

As previously released:

On the evening of March 8, 2017, the Kingsport Emergency Communications Center, also known as Kingsport 9-1-1 and Kingsport Central Dispatch, received notification that AT&T Mobility is experiencing a cellular service outage throughout the State of Tennessee.

This issue is impacting customers’ ability to dial 9-1-1 in some areas. There are no issues with Kingsport 9-1-1 or the statewide 9-1-1 system, only with the ability for AT&T Mobility customers’ ability to currently access it. AT&T Mobility is currently working to rectify the problem.

In the meantime, if any Kingsport area residents are experiencing an emergency and having difficulty calling 9-1-1, they should immediately hang up and use one of the following alternate methods:

1) Call the Central Dispatch non-emergency number, 423-246-9111, instead, or

2) Dial 9-1-1 from another phone not serviced by the AT&T Mobility cellular network.

Citizens are STRONGLY DISCOURAGED from conducting personal evaluations of their phone lines by calling 9-1-1 as a test, as this could inundate Kingsport Central Dispatch with non-emergency test calls and potentially interfere with true emergency communications.

An updated release will be issued as soon as Kingsport 9-1-1 is notified that this matter has been resolved.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Private Cellular Carrier Experiencing 9-1-1 Calling Issues

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Private Cellular Carrier Experiencing 9-1-1 Calling Issues
DATE: March 8, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the evening of March 8, 2017, the Kingsport Emergency Communications Center, also known as Kingsport 9-1-1 and Kingsport Central Dispatch, received notification that AT&T Mobility is experiencing a cellular service outage throughout the State of Tennessee.

This issue is impacting customers’ ability to dial 9-1-1 in some areas. There are no issues with Kingsport 9-1-1 or the statewide 9-1-1 system, only with the ability for AT&T Mobility customers’ ability to currently access it. AT&T Mobility is currently working to rectify the problem.

In the meantime, if any Kingsport area residents are experiencing an emergency and having difficulty calling 9-1-1, they should immediately hang up and use one of the following alternate methods:

1) Call the Central Dispatch non-emergency number, 423-246-9111, instead, or

2) Dial 9-1-1 from another phone not serviced by the AT&T Mobility cellular network.

Citizens are STRONGLY DISCOURAGED from conducting personal evaluations of their phone lines by calling 9-1-1 as a test, as this could inundate Kingsport Central Dispatch with non-emergency test calls and potentially interfere with true emergency communications.

An updated release will be issued as soon as Kingsport 9-1-1 is notified that this matter has been resolved.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Good Samaritan Credited with Saving Life of Motorcycle Crash Victim

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Good Samaritan Credited with Saving Life of Motorcycle Crash Victim
DATE: March 7, 2017
CASE #: 17-005330
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at approximately 1:30 PM, Officers of the Kingsport Police Department Patrol Division and Traffic Unit responded to a single motor vehicle crash on Orebank Road near the North John B. Dennis Highway interchange in Kingsport. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A 1993 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was eastbound on Orebank Road approaching the John B. Dennis Highway interchange when the operator, Michael Ray Johnson, lost control of the bike. Mr. Johnson failed to negotiate a curve resulting in the motorcycle crossing the center line and the oncoming traffic lane and leaving the left side of the roadway.

Both Mr. Johnson and the motorcycle struck a street sign and a tree before ultimately coming to rest at the bottom of a deep ravine. Mr. Johnson sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash to include his lower leg being completely severed from his body.

Three eyewitnesses reported seeing the motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed as it left the roadway. One of these witnesses, James E. Trent (60 years of age) of Kingsport, rushed to render aid. Seeing the severity of Mr. Johnson’s injuries, Mr. Trent removed his own belt and fashioned it into a tourniquet to prevent further blood loss.

Medical First Responders on scene declared with firm conviction that Mr. Trent’s selfless actions unquestionably saved Mr. Johnson’s life. To witness a critical incident such as this and have the presence of mind to do whatever it takes to save the life of a complete stranger meets and exceeds the definition of a Good Samaritan.

While Mr. Trent was rendering aid, Mr. Johnson told him that the throttle on the motorcycle had become stuck, leading to him losing control. Mr. Johnson was transported to a local medical facility by Sullivan County E.M.S. for emergency medical treatment. This crash remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Harley-Davidson
Model Motorcycle
Year 1993
Type Motorcycle
Color Orange
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Michael Ray Johnson
Age 35 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Life-Threatening
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit