KPD e-Press Release: Driver Arrested in Single Vehicle Crash with Multiple Injuries

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Driver Arrested in Single Vehicle Crash with Multiple Injuries
Date & Time September 4, 2013

Approximately 11:00 AM

Location of Incident Mullins Street at Intersection with Lynn Garden Drive

Driver/Suspect Information

Name Andrew E. Johnson
Date of Birth/Age 6/21/1987

26 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Male
Address 120 Mullins Street

Kingsport, TN

Charges 1) Driving on Suspended License

2) Violation of Minimum Brake Requirements

3) Violation of Seatbelt Law as Driver

4) Violation of Child Restraint Law (3 Counts)

5) Failure to Comply with Financial Responsibility Law (No Insurance)

Vehicle Information

Make Ford
Model Explorer
Year 1996
Color Maroon
Damage Heavy

General Narrative

A man has been arrested after crashing his sport utility vehicle on Lynn Garden Drive.

On September 4, 2013 at approximately 11:00 AM, Kingsport Police Traffic Unit Officer Dustin Jackson responded to a single vehicle crash on Mullins Street at the intersection of Lynn Garden Drive. His investigation revealed the following:

A 1996 maroon Ford Explorer was travelling westbound on Mullins Street down a grade toward Lynn Garden Drive. The vehicle was driven by Andrew Johnson and occupied by his wife and four children. By Mr. Johnson’s own admission and confirmed by Officer Jackson’s inspection, the vehicle had defective brakes.

When Mr. Johnson applied the brakes in an attempt to stop at the intersection with Lynn Garden Drive, the brakes failed and the vehicle continued onto Lynn Garden Drive. Mr. Johnson’s vehicle crossed all five lanes (four travel lanes and the center turn lane) and struck the curb on the opposite side of Lynn Garden Drive.

The Explorer overrode the curb, and made a sharp right turn onto Glen Avenue, causing the vehicle to flip onto its top into a fence at 1220 Lynn Garden Drive.

Mr. Johnson’s wife and one of his children were wearing seatbelts; however, neither Mr. Johnson nor any of the other three children were properly restrained. All six occupants of the vehicle received non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center Emergency Room by Sullivan County E.M.S. for treatment.

After Mr. Johnson was treated for a laceration on his forehead, he was arrested and transported to the Kingsport City Jail. He was charged with:

1) Driving on Suspended License

2) Violation of Minimum Brake Requirements

3) Violation of Seatbelt Law as Driver

4) Violation of Child Restraint Law (3 Counts)

5) Failure to Comply with Financial Responsibility Law (No Insurance)

Mr. Johnson’s wife and children were treated for their injuries and released. Through a donation program, Holston Valley Medical Center was able to furnish the Johnson’s with appropriate child passenger safety seats for each child to ensure compliance with the law and help keep the children safer in the future.

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

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