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Man arrested twice in 4 hours for reckless driving

March 31st, 2014 2:47 pm by Rain Smith

Man arrested twice in 4 hours for reckless driving

KPD mugshot of Brett Austin Tate, 21

A Bristol man was arrested twice in less than four hours for alleged reckless driving in Sullivan County — first after street racing in downtown Kingsport, then later for performing burnouts in the crowded parking lot of a daycare center.

The incidents occurred on Friday afternoon and evening. According to a Kingsport Police Department arrest report, at approximately 2:45 p.m. an officer observed three vehicles "speeding off together" from the traffic signal on East Center Street.

The vehicles were estimated at traveling 60 mph in 30 mph zone, with a subsequent traffic stop successfully pulling over two of the drivers. Behind the wheel of a 1990 Nissan 300ZX police found Brett Austin Tate, 21, who was driving on a suspended license. He was arrested on that charge.

Tate, address listed as Plainview Drive in Bristol, Tenn., was additionally charged with reckless driving and failure to have insurance. The other driver who stopped for Kingsport police was released on a citation for reckless driving.

KPD records state Tate posted bond just after 4 p.m. and was released from the city jail. But by 6:30 p.m. his driving ran afoul of the law for a second time, this time with a deputy from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.

According to an SCSO arrest report, the incident occurred at Colonial Heights Baptist Church on Colonial Heights Road. The facility also has a daycare center, where parents were reportedly taking "infants and toddlers" to their vehicles.

Tate's Nissan was allegedly observed "doing burnouts" in the parking lot, which is flanked by a door to the daycare. After "sliding to a stop" and pulling away at a high rate of speed, according to police, the vehicle was pulled over at the intersection of Pine Ridge Lane.

A reporting officer notes that Tate relayed how he had been arrested earlier by Kingsport police and just bonded out of jail. As in that previous incident, Tate was again arrested for reckless driving, failure to have insurance and driving on a suspended license.

He was additionally charged with reckless endangerment, due to his alleged actions at the daycare where adults and children were present.

Tate was transported to the Sullivan County jail in Blountville. He later posted $2,500 bond and was released.

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