It did not take long for the first arrest to happen. The first morning school was in session, August 4, a KPD officer was patrolling the Andrew Jackson Elementary school zone when he conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle going almost 20 mph over the 25 mph school zone speed limit.
During the traffic stop, the officer spoke with Rachel Marlene Wade, 44, 318 Gibson Mill Road. It was revealed during the course of the traffic stop that Wade had a revoked license, the result of a previous DUI conviction. During the stop, the officer noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle.
Wade admitted to the officer she had consumed vodka. When the officer conducted a field sobriety test, she performed poorly. She was arrested and charged with DUI, driving on a revoked license and speeding. She was transported to the Kingsport Jail, where her blood alcohol content was triple the normal level.
Three other individuals were arrested on the first day of school, two for driving on a suspended license and one for driving on a revoked license and for an outstanding warrant.
Two people were arrested on the second day of school, August 5, both for driving on a suspended license.
One woman was arrested on August 6 for driving on suspended and violation of child restraint law after driving through a school zone and neither her nor her young child were properly restrained, according to the KPD.
One arrest was made on August 7 for driving on a revoked license and one final arrest was made was made for a man wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Wise County.
All these arrests were made when the drivers were either speeding through the school zone or not wearing their seat belts. On top of the arrests, another 136 citations were issued for speeding, seatbelt violations, failure to move over for an emergency vehicle and other assorted charges.
Officers tried conducting a traffic stop on a motorcyclist who was wearing an illegal helmet, but as the motorcycle exited the school zone, he accelerated and passed another vehicle. Due to the winding conditions of the road, the officer decided not to pursue.
The incident is still under investigation and officers are trying to locate the suspect. he is described as a white male with dark hair who was accompanied on the bike by a white female with brown hair.
The motorcycle is described as a black, cruiser style Kawasaki with Tennessee license plate 4ZF300.
Anyone who can identify the people on the bike are asked to contact KPD Traffic Unit at 423-224-2750 or Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.
KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton would like to remind motorists that school is back in session and he encourages everyone to drive safely, especially in school zones.