KPD: Drunken driver tries to ditch baby after crash

Rain Smith • Feb 18, 2014 at 8:20 AM

A Saturday crash in Kingsport has triggered multiple charges against an allegedly drunken driver, whose passenger during the wreck was reportedly a young child with no child seat.The suspect was located at a nearby residence "covered in blood," according to a Kingsport Police Department report, and "trying to give a baby away." Both he and the child were transported to the hospital for treatment.Ryan M. Stroop, 26, of 104 Wood Lane, Surgoinsville, faces charges of felony reckless endangerment, child neglect, driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, violation of registration, violation of child restraint laws, failure to maintain control, failure to use a seatbelt and no insurance.Shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday, officers were called to a crash on Orebank Road near John B. Dennis Highway. A 1997 Mercury Cougar was reportedly found beneath a downed utility pole, but no one could be located within or around the vehicle.Shortly after arriving on the scene dispatch advised officers of a man, later identified as Stroop, at a nearby residence. An incident report says he was bleeding badly and "trying to give a baby away." A related crash report says he was "dropping off a child" at the home. Neither record states if Stroop knew the individuals at that location. Police responded to interview Stroop, who reportedly admitted to losing control of the car and crashing. He added that the child was in the back seat at the time and without a child restraint seat. Stroop allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol and consented to a blood test, while a check of his license revealed it was suspended. The tags on the car were also registered to another vehicle, according to police. KPD records do not state a relationship between Stroop and the child, or specify the latter's age.A report filed at the Kingsport Police Department notes a warrant would have to be obtained for Stroop's arrest due to the "severity of his injuries" and subsequent treatment. As of Monday afternoon he had not been booked into the city jail.

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