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KINGSPORT — It may be awhile before two Nickelsville women can dance again.
Rebecca Tipton, 26, and her sister, Pamela Burke, 25, were struck down early Saturday by a 2005 Dodge Dakota in the parking lot of the Hog Wild Saloon. Both were seriously injured and remained at Holston Valley Medical Center Monday evening.
The driver of the pickup truck, Michael Scott Lyons, 23, of 1730 A Line Road, Eidson, will go to court March 18 after he was arraigned Monday on one count of DUI, nine counts of felony reckless aggravated assault, one count of felony reckless endangerment, five counts of misdemeanor reckless endangerment, seven counts of felony vandalism, and one count of misdemeanor vandalism.
Police said he was released on $70,750 bond from the Kingsport city jail Saturday afternoon.
Burke and Tipton’s mother, Sue Burke, said Lyons narrowly missed her daughters’ friend, Bobby Watts, who was walking about two steps behind them. They hadn’t been drinking — they just wanted to go out dancing, she said. Now both her daughters may have to use walkers just to get around.
Seven others were also treated and released from HVMC, according to Kingsport Police Department Patrolman Dale Farmer.
Police are getting closer to understanding what happened in Hog Wild’s parking lot just before 3 a.m. Saturday, Farmer said.
Rachel Price, 31, of Kingsport, was walking out of the bar when she was hit by brick debris from a pillar Lyons rammed. He then struck Tipton and Burke, Farmer said.
Misty Trent, 24, of Kingsport, said she saw Lyons coming at her stepbrother Andrew Chambliss’ Ford Mustang. She’d asked him to pull up front to look for a friend who needed a ride.
“All of a sudden ... I saw in the rearview mirror lights coming fast, and I heard people scream before I saw anything, I guess they saw him coming. I saw bricks fly out of the corner of my eye — there was brick pieces, brick dust in my hair,” Trent said. “That guy had no intentions of stopping. ... How can you miss a canary yellow car on your dashboard?”
The Dakota also struck two women she’d befriended. One, Melinda Wolfe, 21, of Gate City, was 4Â½ months pregnant. The other, Tammy Osborne, 20, of Gate City, suffered a broken leg.
A third woman, Patty Stewart, 23, of Kingsport, was also struck near the Mustang, Farmer said.
Owner Andrew Reardon’s Lexus was hit after the Mustang, Farmer said. Trent, a Hog Wild regular, said Reardon’s wife usually drives the car, but she wasn’t in it at the time.
Farmer said Lyons next hit a Dodge Ram owned by John Ring before striking a 1996 Buick and a 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass, the latter occupied by Rose Kinch and Kathryn Slaughter. Larry Yakley Jr., 34, of Kingsport, was also hit.
A 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by Charles Wright was the last vehicle Lyons smashed before his truck was finally disabled, according to Farmer.
Sue Burke and Trent both said Lyons told police his gas pedal got stuck. Trent said she found another rumor more believable — several patrons said security made Lyons leave after he got into a fight with another patron, and he circled the parking lot before ramming the structure. Farmer could not confirm either version of events. He said he hadn’t had a chance to talk to Lyons yet.
When it was over, Trent said Hog Wild staff tended to the injured along with Kingsport police and EMS. A waitress went with her to the hospital, she added.
Two of Lyons’ passengers, Matthew Trent, 21, of Mount Carmel, and Bryan Childress, 24, of Church Hill, were arrested on public intoxication charges and released on their own recognizance pending appearances in city court. A third passenger, Neil Childress, 26, of Kingsport, was one of the nine treated for injuries.
In all, Farmer said at least four or five of the vehicles Lyons hit were totaled. He expects the victims’ medical bills and auto repair bills to cost thousands of dollars, he said.
Hog Wild opened for business as usual on Sunday.