Man Arrested For Aggravated Domestic Assault
A man was arrested early Sunday morning after he ran over another man during what appeared to be a carjacking. It happened at Weigel’s on Cosby Hwy in Newport. Newport police arrived and found a 63 year old victim lying in the parking lot bleeding heavily from his head. EMS was called to the scene while police watched security footage of the incident. That footage showed the victim pull into the parking lot driving a 1998 Ford F150 pickup. The video showed the driver and a passenger arguing inside the truck, then the passenger got out, went to the driver side where the victim got out bleeding. The suspect then got in the driver’s seat and put the truck in reverse while the victim was standing near the door jam. The door then knocked the victim to the ground, his head colliding with the parking lot causing a wound to the head.
The Ford F150 was later spotted and stopped by a Cocke County deputy on Wilton Springs Road. The driver was 30 year old Devin Messer. It turns out the man he ran over with the truck was his father. Messer stated he and his father were having an argument in the truck and he stated he ” had to get our of there”. He admitted he did not have permission to take the truck. Devin Messer is now charged with aggravated domestic assault, carjacking and theft over $2500.