Cookeville police say evidence may be taken to the grand jury after an altercation involving several teenagers in the Walmart parking lot this week resulted in one of those teens being taken to the hospital. Police issued the following press release on the incident:
On September 15, 2009 at approximately 8:28 PM, a vehicle assault occurred in the Wal-Mart Parking lot east of Murphy Oil. A group of teenagers had gathered in the parking lot socializing when a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Cory Bailey and occupied by Ashley Ann Pallone arrived. Some verbal altercation occurred between the vehicle’s occupants and the group of teenagers in the parking lot.
According to several witnesses, the Jeep Grand Cherokee drove west in the parking lot as if to leave, then abruptly made a U-turn and accelerated back toward the crowd swerving toward the group of teenagers in the parking lot. All jumped clear of the vehicle except Mitchell Payne, who was struck by the Jeep Cherokee. According to witnesses, Payne was knocked upon the front of the Jeep and then hit the pavement. The Jeep immediately fled the scene of the assault and was pursued by other teens who notified Cookeville Police. The Jeep was encountered in White County and stopped and the occupants detained.
Mitchell Payne suffered bruises and scrapes and was treated at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Cory Bailey voluntary submitted to toxicology test at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
This investigation is on going, and when completed, will be reviewed by the Office of the District Attorney General for possible Grand Jury Action. Anyone who has additional information or questions about this incident, please contact Captain Mark Maxwell at 931-520-5370. If you have information and wish to remain anonymous, please call CRIME STOPPERS at 520-STOP (520-7867).