Police: Driver charged with DUI in multi-vehicle crash

BRISTOL, Va. - UPDATE: Police arrested a man Saturday night after an investigation of a multi-vehicle crash on Piedmont Avenue in downtown Bristol.

Officer Wendy Brewer of the Bristol Virginia Police Department said James Larry Parsons Jr., 37, of Bristol, Va., was driving a 2010 Mazda CX-7 a little after 9 p.m. with severe damage to the front and rear bumpers, as well as damage to the entire passenger side.

Brewer says in a statement that several witnesses observed Parsons traveling northbound on Piedmont Avenue and striking four parked vehicles, one of which was occupied. Pedestrians had to get into the vehicle on the passenger side to get Parsons to stop until police arrived.

Parsons was placed under arrest and charged with driving under the influence, three counts of hit and run of unattended property, one count of felony hit and run of attended property, and one summons for failure to provide proof of liability insurance.

Parsons was taken to the Bristol Virginia Jail and is currently awaiting a bond hearing.

No injuries were reported.

Parsons is a local musician who performs under the stage name JP Parsons.


News 5 is following a developing story in Bristol, Virginia Saturday night.     

Captain Maynard Ratcliff with the Bristol Police Department says a driver hit one or more cars in Tennessee before passing over downtown State Street and hitting four vehicles on Piedmont Avenue.

He says someone finally stopped the driver on Piedmont Avenue. The driver was taken into custody.

No names have been released at this time and the driver has not been charged.

We will bring you the latest information as the investigation continues.

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