BY KEN LITTLE
An alleged drug deal that apparently went bad resulted in the stabbing of a man and criminal charges against the victim's alleged assailant, Greeneville police said.
The incident may also have been linked to a later car crash involving the victim.
Nicholas Ryan Adams, 23, of 655 Plainview Heights, was charged Thursday with aggravated assault, and sale and delivery of a Schedule III drug, Detective Lt. Robert Vereecke said in a report.
Adams allegedly "sent and received text messages" to and from another man and then set up a meeting in the parking lot of the Dollar General Market, at 835 E. Andrew Johnson Hwy., to sell Suboxone strips, the report said.
After Adams arrived at the meeting spot, he "knowingly caused serious bodily injury" to Paul T. Henderson by stabbing him in the "chest area" with a knife, the report said.
After the stabbing, a pickup truck began pursuing a car containing Henderson. The truck rammed the car in the 5400 block of Snapps Ferry Road and forced it off the road, causing further injuries to Henderson and the driver, Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services Director Robert Sayne said.
The truck did not stop, Sayne said.
The name of the driver of the car was not available this morning. Both he and Henderson were taken by EMS to Johnson City Medical Center.
The conditions of Henderson and the driver were not available this morning.
Henderson suffered a "puncture wound" to his left chest area, and head injuries as a result of the car crash, Sayne said.
Bond for Adams was set at $20,000. He was scheduled to appear this morning in General Sessions Court.