Kingsport man arrested on charges stemming from May 2016 crash

A man was arrested Wednesday following the investigation of a crash that dates back to May of last year.

According to the Kingsport Police Department, officers responded to a crash on May 5 in the 900 block of East Stone Drive in Kingsport.

Authorities said that a 1987 Mazda SE5 pickup, driven by Ty P. Phillips, crossed over the center turn lane and into the oncoming westbound lanes. The Mazda first struck a westbound Chevrolet Tahoe that was pulling a trailer. The driver and passenger of the Chevrolet was not injured.

The Mazda continued and struck a westbound Saturn Vue in the front end. The Saturn careened off the Mazda and left the roadway, striking a fire hydrant before coming to rest in a ditch. The driver and passenger of the Saturn both sustained injuries and were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment. They have both since been released, but they still have impacts from their injuries according to police.

Officials said Phillips was also transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment. Upon speaking with him at the hospital, the investigating officer said he had significantly constricted pupils and asked why he left his travel lane. Phillips could provide no explanation other than that he might have passed out.

Police added that Phillips volunteered that he was currently prescribed six prescription medications and allowed the officer to retrieve a list of those medications from his wallet. Based upon this information, the officer requested that Phillips submit a blood sample for testing, and he consented.

According to authorities, the results of that test were received a few months later and revealed that at the time of the crash, Phillips had been under the influence of six different prescription medications, including Oxycodone. The test was also positive for the chemical Difluoroethane, which is commonly found in aerosol duster sprays commonly abused as inhalants.

The results of the investigation were presented to a grand jury who indicted Phillips on charges of driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, two counts of aggravated assault, and failure to drive within lane.

Phillips was arrested Wednesday, taken to the Kingsport City Jail for processing, and then sent to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville for where he is being held on a $15,000 bond.

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