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Sullivan County deputy nearly hit by car with passed out driver, passenger steering

Rain Smith • Jul 12, 2010 at 1:35 AM

A Sullivan County deputy reports nearly being struck head-on by a car with a passed out driver behind the wheel, and passenger steering. A Kingsport man was arrested on drug charges in the incident.

It occurred at about 2:52 Sunday afternoon. The deputy reports driving his squad car west on Bloomingdale Road, near Holcomb Street, when a Chevrolet Cavalier traveling the opposite direction swerved into his lane, "nearly hitting me head-on."

"When the vehicle passed, I noticed the driver slumped over in the seat and passenger steering the vehicle," reads the report.

The deputy turned around and stopped the car. The individual in the driver's seat, Gregory Scott Collins, 45, of 469 Carousel Drive, Kingsport, was allegedly, "barely responsive."

The deputy reports taking the keys from the ignition and noticing a pill bottle on the key ring. Believing the driver may be having a medical emergency, the deputy opened the bottle and found Dilantin, alprazolam and hydrocodone.

EMS were called to the scene, but Collins allegedly refused treatment or transportation to the hospital. The deputy reports Collins agreed to field sobriety tests, but performed poorly.

Collins was arrested and charged with third offense DUI, possession of schedule III drugs, possession of schedule IV drugs, no insurance and failure to provide registration. He was transported to Indian Path Medical Center for a blood test and then the Sullivan County jail.

The passenger was not charged in the incident.

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