Speeding Kingsport motorist allegedly slides through median, nearly hits police car head-on
Oct 18, 2010 at 11:26 AM
A Kingsport woman has been arrested after allegedly speeding down Fort Henry Drive, sliding through a median, nearly hitting a police car head-on, then striking Hammond Bridge.
Kasey A. Calo, 37, of 421 Light St., was arrested and charged with reckless driving, speeding and driving under the influence. She was released from the Kingsport jail after posting bond.
According to a Kingsport police arrest report, the incident occurred at about 1:40 Saturday morning. The reporting officer says she was on patrol on Fort Henry Drive when she saw an eastbound 1999 Toyota Camry that appeared to be speeding.
The report says radar confirmed the car was traveling 68 mph in the 45 mph zone. As the officer watched the car, it allegedly crossed into the grass median and began sliding towards the westbound lanes. The officer reports another squad car was traveling the westbound lane closest to the median at the time, and was nearly struck head-on by the Toyota.
According to the report, the car swerved back across the median and re-entered the eastbound lanes, making contact with Hammond Bridge. Once the vehicle crossed the bridge it was stopped by police at the intersection of Fort Henry Drive and Rock Springs Road.
Police say the driver, Calo, had a strong odor of alcohol and claimed to have had one drink at a North Eastman Road restaurant. When asked how fast she was traveling, she allegedly said no more than 35 mph.
The report says Calo performed poorly on field sobriety tests, with a breath test revealing her blood alcohol concentration to be .21. She was then arrested and transported to the city jail.