KPD e-News Release: Driver Arrested for D.U.I., Drug Possession, and Vehicular Assault following Crash

Kingsport Police Department

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Driver Arrested for D.U.I., Drug Possession, and Vehicular Assault following Crash
DATE: May 21, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 21, 2014 at approximately 10:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to the intersection of South John B. Dennis Highway and Tidewater Court in reference to a motor vehicle collision with injury. Their investigation into the crash revealed the following:

A 1996 Saturn L-Series Sedan, driven by Karen Payne, was on Tidewater Court and was proceeding through a green light at the intersection of South John B. Dennis Highway. A 1999 Chevy Silverado pickup, driven by Larry W. Hutchins, was southbound on South John B. Dennis Highway and ran the red light at the intersection with Tidewater Court, striking the Saturn in the right side of the vehicle. The impact spun the Saturn into a 2000 Ford Mustang, driven by Mary Ramey, that was stopped at the intersection waiting to turn.

Both Ms. Payne and Ms. Ramey were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for treatment of what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. Mr. Hutchins was not injured in the crash.

Immediately after the crash, Mr. Hutchins was observed walking to a wooded area in the vicinity of the crash and attempting to hide something. Further inspection revealed that the object in question was a Mason jar containing over an ounce of “medical” grade marijuana. This high grade marijuana typically sells for as much as $300 per ounce.

Mr. Hutchins was arrested and charged with:

1) Driving Under the Influence

2) Vehicular Assault

3) Possession of over ½ Ounce of a Schedule VI Drug (Marijuana) for Resale

4) Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device (Running a Red Light)

5) Violation of Financial Responsibility Law (No Insurance)

He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail where he was confined pending arraignment.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Larry W. Hutchins
Age Date of Birth 5/26/1983

30 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 287 Hialeah Drive

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Driving Under the Influence

2) Vehicular Assault

3) Possession of over ½ Ounce of a Schedule VI Drug (Marijuana) for Resale

4) Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device (Running a Red Light)

5) Violation of Financial Responsibility Law (No Insurance)

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Silverado
Year 1999
Type Pickup
Color Red
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Larry W. Hutchins
Age 30 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Saturn
Model L-Series
Year 1996
Type 4-Door Sedan
Color White
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Karen Payne
Age 58 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Non-Life Threatening Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #3 INFORMATION
Make Ford
Model Mustang
Year 2000
Type 2-Door Coupe
Color White
Damage Minor Damage
Driver Name Mary Ramey
Age 54 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injury
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit