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Kingsport teens face several charges after traffic stop for reckless driving

August 8th, 2014 4:06 pm by Jeff Bobo

Kingsport teens face several charges after traffic stop for reckless driving

Blake Williams

CHURCH HILL — Two Kingsport teens who were arrested following a reckless driving traffic stop last weekend in Church Hill are each facing an Aug. 18 trial date on numerous charges.

Timothy Wayne Rice, 19, 2200 Sherwood Road, Kingsport, was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on several charges including reckless driving, underage driving while impaired, underage possession of alcohol, no insurance and driving left of center.

His passenger, Blake Jeremiah Williams, 19, 921 Larry Neil Way, Kingsport, was arraigned Monday on charges including assault on an officer, resisting arrest and underage consumption of alcohol.

On Aug. 2 shortly after 11 p.m. Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jeremy Nash reportedly observed a 1999 Honda Civic pass a vehicle on a solid yellow line southbound on North Central Avenue in Church Hill.

Nash stated that Rice was "operating the vehicle in an unsafe manner without regard for other vehicles on the roadway." A traffic stop was conducted at the intersection of Main Boulevard.

Rice reportedly told Nash he was on his way home.

Nash said he observed Williams to be "passed out in the back seat of the vehicle" and smelled alcohol on Rice.

Initially Rice denied drinking any alcohol, but he later allegedly admitted to drinking "three to four shots of liquor" earlier in the evening.

A half filled bottle of E&J Brandy was located under the driver's seat, and a breathalyzer test allegedly showed Rice's blood alcohol to be over the legal limit at 0.11 percent.

Nash said that when he asked Williams to exit the vehicle, Williams was "belligerent and uncooperative."

Nash described Williams as very rude and disoriented, and acting in a disorderly fashion.

He was arrested for underage consumption of alcohol and placed in the back seat of a patrol car.

"While detained in the cruiser Blake (Williams) began beating his face against the glass, yelling and screaming obscenities toward officers," Nash said. "Blake managed to remove his restraints, and was asked to step out of the car so they could be adjusted."

Nash added, "Blake was given several chances to comply, which he did not. Blake began kicking towards myself as he sat in the back seat of the cruiser."

Rice and Williams were both released from the Hawkins County Jail Tuesday on $1,000 bond each.

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