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Prescription cocktail spurs charges in Kingsport wreck

Rain Smith • Jun 4, 2018 at 1:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Nine months after causing a crash that resulted in the loss of one of her legs, a city woman has now been charged with DUI and reckless aggravated assault.

Patti Hart, 55, was indicted last week by a Sullivan County grand jury, then arrested at her Promise Lane residence on Friday. According to blood samples taken after the Aug. 31 crash, Hart had four separate medications in her system when her car slammed into another vehicle on West Stone Drive.

The crash occurred Aug. 31 at about 9 a.m. at the intersection with Deneen Lane. Hart was traveling east in a Pontiac Grand Prix and following a Chevrolet Tahoe. When the Tahoe slowed for the traffic signal, Hart failed to do so and struck it in the rear.

A crash report says Hart's car then exited the right side of the roadway and onto adjacent Jennings Drive, traveling through a pair of yards before stopping in the driveway of a home. Police report that when later questioned at the hospital, Hart admitted to taking multiple doses each day of Ambien, Seroquel, Xanax and Lortab. Meanwhile, a severe fracture to her right leg forced amputation.

Hart consented to a blood draw that was sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for testing. On April 10 it was returned as positive for the drugs.

Friday police served an arrest warrant on Hart at her home. She was then transported to the Sullivan County jail in Blountville and posted $15,000 bond.

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