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Kingsport crash yields 'high grade' pot

May 21st, 2014 3:44 pm by Rain Smith

Kingsport crash yields 'high grade' pot

Larry W. Hutchins, 30

Serious injuries were avoided in a three-vehicle Kingsport traffic crash on Wednesday morning, but police say the driver who triggered it faces significant charges due in part to what he was transporting — a substantial amount of "high grade" marijuana.

The incident occurred at approximately 10 a.m. on South John B. Dennis Highway. According to Kingsport Police Department Public Information Officer Tom Patton, a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Larry W. Hutchins, 30, was southbound on John B. Dennis and failed to stop at a red light.

Upon entering the intersection, Hutchins' pickup truck struck the passenger side of a 1996 Saturn Sedan, which was legally crossing the highway on a green light from Tidewater Court. The Saturn then spun into a 2000 Ford Mustang that was stopped at the intersection waiting to make a turn.

Patton reports the female drivers of the two cars were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Meanwhile Hutchins, of 287 Hialeah Drive, was reportedly observed walking to a wooded area near the scene, as if he was attempting to hide something. Police working the crash later discovered the item was a mason jar, according to Patton, which contained "medical grade" marijuana.

Hutchins was arrested and charged with felony possession of more than a half ounce of marijuana for resale, along with vehicular assault, also a felony.

Police say he preformed poorly on field sobriety tests, prompting a charge of DUI. He was also charged with failure to obey a traffic device and failure to have insurance.

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