Kingsport road rage collision — with baby in car — nets arrest

Rain Smith • Jul 10, 2018 at 1:14 PM

KINGSPORT — A Church Hill man faces multiple counts of reckless endangerment following a road rage incident in Kingsport, where he is alleged to have purposely struck another vehicle while transporting a 1-year-old girl in his own car.

Todd H. Hall, 21, was arrested Friday night on West Stone Drive in Allandale. According to court records in Hawkins County, where the incident occurred, Kingsport police responded to a crash at about 8 p.m.

They found Hall's Honda Civic had hit the rear of a Toyota Highlander. According to the 69-year-old driver of the SUV and his passenger, while turning left from eastbound Stone Drive and onto Lewis Lane, Hall's westbound car "cut them off."

The Toyota driver then exited his vehicle to confront Hall, whose Honda was sitting at the intersection.

“It is never advisable to get out of your own vehicle and become engaged in a verbal or physical confrontation with another motorist,” Kingsport Police Department Public Information Officer Tom Patton told the Times News. "If you observe erratic or aggressive driving, the prudent thing to do is to report it to the police rather than try to take matters into your own hands. Anyone who drives that way could be unpredictable and potentially dangerous to deal with.”

Following an argument between the two drivers, the other man returned to his vehicle and drove it around Hall's car, onto Lewis Lane. At that point, according to statements from multiple witnesses to the altercation, Hall quickly accelerated his car to hit the back of the other man's SUV.

One witness also showed police a video of the incident. The reporting officer said that it shows Hall "did not attempt to make any attempt to slow his vehicle or avoid the collision." Estimated damage sustained to each vehicle was more than $400.

A KPD crash report lists two passengers in Hall's car, with one being an 18-year-old female. The other was the woman's child, which court records identify as a 1-year-old girl.

For putting his two passengers and the two occupants of the other vehicle at risk, Hall was arrested and charged with four counts of reckless endangerment. He was arraigned on Monday, and his next court appearance is set for October.


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