KPD e-News Release: Suspect Indicted/Arrested in Fatal, July 2014, East Stone Drive Crash

Kingsport Police Department

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect Indicted/Arrested in Fatal, July 2014, East Stone Drive Crash
DATE: September 25, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 24, 2014 Samuel G. Huffine was indicted by the Sullivan County Grand Jury on multiple charges including:

1) Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication

2) Reckless Aggravated Assault

3) Reckless Endangerment

4) Driving Under the Influence

5) Driving Left of Center

6) Speeding

A subsequent Criminal Court capias was issued for his arrest. On September 25, 2014 at approximately 12:15 PM, Mr. Huffine turned himself in at the Kingsport Police Department and was booked into the Kingsport City Jail, where he is presently being held pending a $75,000 bond. He is scheduled to be transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville later today.

This arrest comes as a result of an investigation by the Kingsport Police Department’s Traffic Unit into Mr. Huffine’s involvement in a motor vehicle collision that occurred on July 19, 2014 on East Stone Drive near Tyson Lane in Kingsport. This crash claimed the life of Bobby D. Jarrett of Church Hill, TN.

Based on results returned by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab, at the time of the crash Mr. Huffine’s blood alcohol content (BAC) registered .15 percent, which is nearly twice the legal limit of .08 percent BAC. A reconstruction analysis of the crash by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit determined that Mr. Huffine was traveling at least 73 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone and driving left of center (on the wrong side of the road) when his vehicle struck Mr. Jarrett’s vehicle head-on.

As previously released:

On July 19, 2014 at approximately 5:00 AM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a fatal motor vehicle collision that had occurred on East Stone Drive in the vicinity of Tyson Lane in Kingsport. Officers from the Kingsport Police Department’s Patrol Division and Traffic Unit responded to the scene of the crash. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A 2007 Kia Spectra 4-door sedan, driven by Bobby D. Jarrett, was properly traveling east in the appropriate eastbound lanes of East Stone Drive.

A 2006 Honda Accord 4-door sedan, driven by Samuel G. Huffine, was improperly traveling left of center on the wrong side of the road (westbound in the eastbound lanes) on East Stone Drive. Summer Nicole Huffine was also in the Honda as a front seat passenger.

The Honda struck the Kia head-on. Mr. Jarrett sustained fatal injuries from the impact. Mr. and Mrs. Huffine sustained possible injuries and were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. Both vehicles received disabling damage and had to be towed from the roadway.

The investigation is still ongoing by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. In addition to the Honda being on the wrong side of the roadway, both alcohol consumption and excessive speed are believed to be contributing factors in this fatal collision. Charges are pending.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make 2006
Model Honda
Year Accord
Type 4-door Sedan
Color Gold
Damage Disabling Damage/Towed from Scene
Driver Name Samuel G. Huffine
Age Date of Birth 9/10/1986

28 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 143 Willowbrook Drive

Kingsport, TN

Injuries Possible Injuries/Transported to HVMC by SCEMS
Passenger Name Summer Nicole Huffine
Age 25 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injuries/Transported to HVMC by SCEMS
COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make 2007
Model Kia
Year Spectra
Type 4-door Sedan
Color Gold
Damage Disabling Damage/Towed from Scene
Driver Name Bobby D. Jarrett
Age 50 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Church Hill, TN
Injuries Fatal
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit