Kingsport police arrest hit-and-run suspect; one injured

Rain Smith • Aug 24, 2010 at 1:41 AM

A Kingsport man faces numerous charges after allegedly fleeing a vehicle collision with injuries on Monday, then telling police he had struck a pole.

The man was arrested based on witness statements, and paint scars found on his car. The driver of the other vehicle, a 52-year-old woman, was transported to Indian Path Medical Center, treated and released.

According to a report at the Kingsport Police Department, at 6:50 p.m. officers responded to a collision at 840 East Stone Drive. Witnesses on scene said a maroon Dodge Intrepid was traveling in the middle lane of eastbound traffic. The driver allegedly turned left, striking a white Toyota Avalon that was in the far left eastbound lane.

The report says witnesses claimed the Dodge left and turned onto Arbutus Avenue. Police say they followed a fluid trail from the crash scene to Arbutus, where a maroon bumper was found in the roadway. It allegedly had white paint scratches.

A BOLO was issued for Intrepid, with it being located at 208 Emmett St. Police say it had white paint at an impact area, and the passenger said the driver had struck a vehicle on Stone Drive.

The driver, Johnathan Vaughn, 33, of the residence, allegedly told police he had hit a pole. Police say his speech was slow and he appeared to be under the influence.

According to the report, Vaughn was asked to perform field sobriety tests. He allegedly, "was unable to follow instructions and could not stand on his feet without almost falling." He was arrested and charged with DUI, then taken to Holston Valley Medical Center for a blood test.

At the city jail Vaughn was additionally charged with reckless endangerment, failure to yield, hit and run, improper lane change leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and driving without insurance.

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