UPDATE: Scottie Mayfield's son charged with vandalism in U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann staffer incident

photo Republican primary candidate for Congress Scottie Mayfield

The Kingston Police Department today formally charged Scottie Mayfield's son in connection with an incident involving a staffer for U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann.

Michael Mayfield, 33, is charged with vandalism under $500, Kingston Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said.

Nelson said Michael Mayfield confessed to damaging a tire belonging to Fleischmann campaign manager Tyler Threadgill's 2005 Audi.

Scottie Mayfield is challenging Fleischmann in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District Republican primary. Joe Hendrix, communications director for the elder Mayfield's campaign, emailed the Times Free Press about the confession and charge before the newspaper confirmed both with Nelson.

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Michael Mayfield said he cut Threadgill's left rear tire stem during a stop on Mayfield's campaign bus tour Tuesday morning at the Roane County Courthouse, campaign and law enforcement officials said.