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Kingsport hit-and-run prompts felony charges

Rain Smith • Aug 4, 2014 at 6:08 PM

A Kingsport woman has been arrested after allegedly igniting a three vehicle collision and fleeing the scene, with police saying that during a subsequent traffic stop "pieces of several marijuana cigarettes" fell from her car.

The crash occurred Saturday at approximately 7:30 p.m. According to records at the Kingsport Police Department, a Lexus SUV and Honda SUV were eastbound on West Stone Drive and approaching Lawson Drive.

As the two vehicle slowed for a red light at the intersection, a 2001 Ford Escape struck the rear of the Honda. The Honda was then pushed into the Lexus, with both vehicle sustaining disabling damage and needing to be towed from the scene. No major injuries were reported to the occupants of either vehicle.

KPD reports state the Ford Escape fled the area with substantial front end damage. Patrol officers soon spotted and stopped the car near mile marker one of Interstate 26.

Krystal E. Plummer, 29, of 1000 University Boulevard, apartment C-7, was removed from her car. Police say that in the process, a bag containing "pieces of several marijuana cigarettes fell out of the vehicle."

Plummer reportedly had slurred speech, trouble standing up and "was unable to keep her train of thought." She was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a crash with injury, three counts of felony reckless endangerment, driving on a revoked license, failure to have insurance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Once transported to the city jail, Plummer reportedly performed poorly on sobriety tests, prompting a charge of driving under the influence. She also refused to submit to a blood test, netting a charge of violation of implied consent.

Police say Plummer also handed over a small baggie of marijuana from her purse to the jail staff, prompting a charge of simple drug possession.

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