KINGSPORT, Tenn (WJHL) — A Virginia man is facing multiple charges, including arson, after police said he trespassed on Eastman Chemical Company property and set a vehicle on fire.
According to a release from the Kingsport Police Department, officers were called to Eastman around 6:15 a.m. Monday after a Nissan Maxima reportedly crashed through a security gate at the plant’s property.
Officers reported the driver, identified as Justin Lee Carroll, 37, of Pamplin, Virginia, parked the vehicle and lit a roll of napkins inside the Nissan. The fire started in a cup holder and spread to other areas of the vehicle before being extinguished.
The release stated that Carroll ran from a Nissan and stole a Chevrolet Silverado belonging to Eastman. The KPD reports that he drove the truck through the plant while KPD officers chased him.
During the chase, several workers at the plant “had to stoop to avoid being hit by Mr. Carroll in a stolen pickup.”
KPD reports Carroll eventually crashed the Silverado into a fence. He continued to attempt to escape from the officers, but was not able to gain traction on the wet grass near the tire fence. Officers report that Carroll refused to obey orders to stop and exit the truck.
He was forcibly removed from the stolen vehicle and taken into custody, the release said.
An Eastman spokesperson sent News Channel 11 the following statement regarding the incident:
A vehicle entered our Tennessee Operations property on Monday morning through a fence gate and Eastman’s Emergency Services contacted the Kingsport Police Department for assistance. They immediately resolved the situation and took one person into custody. Any additional questions should be directed to Kingsport Police.
Betty Payne, Eastman Chemical Company spokesperson
Authorities reported more than 48 grams of individually packaged methamphetamine, a glass pipe and more than $1,100 in cash coming from the drug transaction.
According to the KPD, Carroll was arrested on multiple charges and taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for minor injuries. After treatment, he was taken to Kingsport City Jail. As of Tuesday morning, he will remain in jail and will be transferred to the Sullivan County Jail.
The following charges were leveled against him:
1) Motor vehicle except at the scene of a collision
2) felony reckless danger
3) felony vandalism
4) Arrest escaping felony by motor vehicle
5) Resistance to arrest
6) Serious attack on law enforcement officer
7) Serious criminal trespass
8) $10,000 . theft of a motor vehicle of more than
9) Possession of Methamphetamine for Resale
10) Possession of illegal drug material
11) Driving under the influence
12) Violation of implied consent
Carroll was produced on Tuesday and placed on $75,000 bond. He is to appear in court again on September 21 at 1 pm
The KPD said that the investigation into the incident is on. A possible motive was not released.