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Motorist arrested after driving through gas line construction in Kingsport

April 1st, 2014 2:09 pm by Rain Smith

Motorist arrested after driving through gas line construction in Kingsport

William Henry Lambert, 50

KINGSPORT — A motorist allegedly paid no heed to a construction detail at a Kingsport gas line on Monday morning, accelerating through orange cones which were blocking the roadway and nearly striking workers.

William Henry Lambert, 50, of Jonesville, Va., was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment. According to a report at the Kingsport Police Department, the incident occurred as Atmos Energy employees were working in the area of Indian Path Medical Center.

A road leading to the hospital from Brookside Drive was closed due to construction on a gas line. Shortly after 11 a.m., police were called to the area, learning a woman had "nearly been hit by a truck."

The driver of a Dodge Dakota, later identified as Lambert, allegedly pulled up to one median that was blocked by cones, then turned into another blocked median and proceeded to pass through.

While dragging cones beneath the vehicle, according to witness statements to police, Lambert ignored workers who were motioning and yelling for him to stop.

An arrest report says the driver then "revved" the engine and accelerated forward, forcing a female worker on the scene to "jump out of the way."

The woman was estimated at being an arm's length away from being struck by the pickup, which then "proceeded through another set of cones, dragging them up the hill." The driver reportedly stopped and reversed the vehicle to free the cones and proceeded to a nearby medical building.

Police located the truck and Lambert, with a passenger at the time of the incident reportedly corroborating the workers' account of events.

Lambert was charged with reckless endangerment and transported to the city jail. KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton says Lambert provided no explanation for his alleged actions in the work zone.

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