Dustin J. Fry, 27, of 2145 Heatherly Road, Kingsport
KINGSPORT — A Kingsport man has been arrested after allegedly crashing into trees while intoxicated, accosting motorists who stopped to offer aid, then issuing "several detailed threats" to kill arresting officers.
According to an incident report, he also blamed his crash on a tire blowing out, though all four were properly inflated.
At 6:19 p.m. Monday, Kingsport police responded to the crash in the area of Ridgefields Road and Riverport Road. Witnesses reported a 2006 Chevrolet Impala had been traveling at a high rate of speed when the car fishtailed and exited the roadway.
The Impala ended up in a wooded area, according to a KPD incident report, with several individuals stopping to check on the driver. That man, later identified as Dustin J. Fry, 27, of 2145 Heatherly Road, allegedly "immediately began pleading with people" not to call 911.
When a female bystander did so, Fry reportedly became "very aggressive and threatening," which prompted the woman to flee the area.
When police and EMS personnel arrived on scene, Fry was allegedly adamant that he was OK and did not need to go the hospital. An arrest report states he was also "swaying side to side," had bloodshot eyes and an odor of alcohol. When an officer attempted to conduct a pat-down prior to field sobriety exercises, Fry allegedly "began pulling items from his pockets and throwing them to the ground."
According to police, among those items was an empty pill bottle of hydrocodone prescribed to Fry, who also admitted taking Xanax and other medications. He also allegedly admitted consuming a pair of alcoholic beverages within the past hour.
Fry reportedly performed poorly on field sobriety tests. Police say he blamed the crash on a blown tire.
"It should be noted that even after the substantial damage caused to the vehicle as a result of the accident," reads a police report, "all four tires were properly inflated."
Fry was arrested for suspicion of DUI and transported to Indian Path Medical Center for a blood draw. While en route, according to an incident report, Fry warned, "We couldn't hold him forever and as soon as he got out of jail he was going to find us and kill us with his AR-15 rifle."
In addition to DUI, Fry was charged with failure to maintain control and retaliation against police.