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THP: DUI driver triggers head-on Kingsport crash

August 14th, 2014 4:59 pm by Rain Smith

THP: DUI driver triggers head-on Kingsport crash

Alicia McCoy

A woman allegedly under the influence of prescription medications triggered a Wednesday afternoon traffic crash on Memorial Boulevard in Kingsport, striking another vehicle head-on and flipping it onto its roof.

According to affidavits filed in Kingsport General Sessions Court, Alicia Ann McCoy, 35, of Bristol, Va., was arrested in the incident. She faces multiple felony charges.

The incident occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m. on State Route 126, near the intersection with Chestnut Ridge Road. A preliminary crash report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol states McCoy was driving a 2005 Saturn Vue westbound. She reportedly crossed the center line of Memorial Boulevard, striking a 2005 Ford Explorer that was in the opposite lane of travel and heading east.

The THP reports that the head-on impact sent the SUV into a guardrail, then onto its top in the roadway. Both of the male occupants were wearing their seatbelts, transported to Holston Valley Medical Center and later released.

Court records state that a THP trooper working the scene observed McCoy's pupils to be extremely dilated, glassy and red, noting that she also had "difficulty concentrating on our conversation." She reportedly admitted to taking Xanax, Subutex and Zoloft, saying they had last been ingested at approximately 10 a.m.

McCoy reportedly performed poorly on multiple field sobriety tests and consented to a blood draw. She was arrested and charged with DUI, failure to exercise due care, reckless aggravated assault and felony reckless endangerment with a motor vehicle. On Thursday she remained held at the Sullivan County jail in Blountville on a revoked bond.

Alicia McCoy is the widow of Ransom Duane McCoy, who was shot and killed by police on May 29. According to previous statements from Washington County, Va., Sheriff Fred Newman, Ransom McCoy was wanted on larceny charges when he fled an attempted traffic stop, igniting a lengthy and high-speed pursuit into Tennessee.

The chase ended with fatal gunshots on Highway 126 between Bristol and Blountville, with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office's responding to secure the scene. Sullivan County District Attorney Gen. Barry Staubus says an investigation into the incident is continuing. The findings will then be presented to a grand jury, according to Staubus, to determine if "police acted appropriately under the circumstances."

The number of shots fired, and by whom, have not been publicly released at this time.

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