Kingsport man charged with felony reckless endangerment

Rain Smith • Nov 2, 2010 at 11:01 AM

A Kingsport motorist has been arrested after allegedly passing another vehicle recklessly, then attempting to cause a collision.

An arrest report from Kingsport police says Jerry J. Hash, 37, of 2612 Suffolk St., is charged with felony reckless endangerment. The incident allegedly began in front of his home on Monday, at about 8 a.m.

According to the report, the victim was driving a 2006 Lexus SUV westbound on Suffolk Street when he encountered a 2009 Saturn Vue sideways in the road, blocking the lane. The driver told police he knows the vehicle belongs to Hash, though the report does not specify how.

Hash then maneuvered his vehicle against the curb, with the other driver waiting for him to proceed down the street. When the Saturn did not move the alleged victim passed it, prompting Hash to accelerate.

At the intersection of Suffolk Street and Essex Drive the Lexus driver stopped at a stop sign. The report says Hash, "passed him at a high rate of speed in the oncoming lane of travel and failed to stop for the stop sign." According to the victim, his vehicle was nearly struck by Hash's as it passed.

The driver of the Lexus says he continued traveling west on Essex Drive, now behind Hash. At one point Hash allegedly, "braked abruptly without an apparent reason," allegedly attempting to make the victim rear-end his vehicle.

The Lexus driver, fearing for his safety and feeling Hash was attempting to harm him, pulled over and dialed 911. Hash was located about an hour and a half later at his place of employment, where he allegedly provided police with, "multiple conflicting stories concerning the incident."

Hash was arrested and charged with felony reckless endangerment and transported to the Kingsport city jail.

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