Nicholas Dru Dempsey, 22, reportedly told his grandmother on Nov. 6 around 8 a.m. he was using her 2006 Hyundai Solaris to drive to an auto parts store and would return shortly.
When Dempsey hadn’t returned by 2 p.m., the woman called Church Hill police and reported the car stolen.
Around 8:30 the next morning, CHPD Officer Kevin Grigsby located Dempsey and the vehicle at his grandmother’s home on Lane Street.
Grigsby conducted a search of Dempsey and allegedly located a glass pipe in his jacket pocket and a small amount of meth and a syringe in his shorts pocket.
“(The grandmother) stated that Dempsey came home in the night and made threats to harm her over the vehicle, which placed her in fear for her safety, and he broke her phone to keep her from calling for police assistance,” Grigsby stated in his report.
Dempsey was charged with theft over $1,000, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, domestic assault and domestic vandalism.
As of Tuesday, he was being held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond pending a Dec. 5 court appearance.
On Dec. 6, 2016, he pleaded guilty in Hawkins County Sessions Court to one count of domestic assault for bruising his 78-year-old grandmother’s arms in April of 2016. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail.
On July 1, 2016, Dempsey was sentenced in Hawkins County Criminal Court to one year of probation and ordered to pay $4,356 in fines and fees in exchange for guilty pleas to felony reckless endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of driving on a suspended license, improper passing, two counts of no insurance, joyriding, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, registration violation and failure to obey a traffic control device.
Those charges stemmed from two separate vehicular crashes which occurred on Nov. 25, 2014 and Feb. 6, 2015.
On Nov. 25, 2014, Dempsey was reportedly driving a family-owned 1996 Ford Explorer without permission when he ran the traffic light on westbound Stone Drive and struck a Ford Focus that was turning onto Stone Drive from Netherland Inn Road.
The lone passenger in the Explorer, Johnny Wallace, identified his grandson, Dempsey, as the driver. According to a Kingsport Police Department report, Dempsey had fled on foot following the wreck, leaving his bleeding grandfather behind.
On Feb. 6, 2016, Dempsey wrecked again while attempting an illegal pass on a narrow section of Big Elm Road.
During the pass, Dempsey encountered an oncoming car. In an attempt to avoid a head-on collision, he reportedly ran off the right side of the road, down an embankment, and rolled the 2006 Honda Civic he was driving onto its roof.
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