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DUI driver gets three years for crash that critically injured elderly woman in Hawkins

Jeff Bobo • May 24, 2019 at 7:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Kingsport man who critically injured an elderly Hawkins County woman in a 2016 DUI head-on collision was sentenced to three years last Friday in Hawkins County Criminal Court.

Jacob Andrew Edwards, 24, pleaded guilty to charges including vehicular assault, felony reckless assault, improper passing, failure to exercise due care, no insurance, and registration violation.

Andrews must serve 30 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, and he was also ordered by Judge John Dugger to pay $2,512 in fines and fees.

According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report, the wreck occurred on the afternoon of May 30, 2016 on Goshen Valley Road near the Christians Bend Road intersection.

The report states that a 1999 Honda Civic driven by Edwards attempted to pass a 2002 Chevy Avalanche in a no passing zone and struck the SUV in the rear.

The Honda then reportedly continued north, crossed the center line and struck a 2003 Ford Taurus head-on.

An 86-year-old passenger in the Taurus was critically injured in the collision.

Other guilty pleas heard by Dugger on May 17 included:

— Nickey Daniel Hatcher, 39, Surgoinsville, who was sentenced to eight years and ordered to pay $5,749 in fines and fees for delivery of meth, simple possession of marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for drug use, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hatcher was arrested in a March 3, 2016 HCSO raid on a Carters Valley Road residence near Surgoinsville, where police seized three loaded handguns, approximately two ounces of meth packaged in separate bags, marijuana, hundreds of zip lock baggies, drug ledgers, glass pipes, syringes and electronic scales.

Police say they also found approximately $1,500 cash, brass knuckles and a Taser. The weapons charges were dismissed.

— Kristen Ann Taylor, 37, 116 Buttermilk Road, Gray, who was sentenced to 30 days in jail, one year of probation, and ordered to pay $2,711 in fines and fees for felony evading arrest, felony reckless endangerment, driving on a revoked license, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of legend drugs, no insurance and registration violation.

Tayor was arrested on Nov. 15, 2018 while serving as the getaway driver for a male suspect who had reportedly shoplifted $74 worth of items including shoes he was wearing when he was arrested.

— Kevin Tyler Amyx, 25, 446 Old Hickory Circle, Mount Carmel, who was sentenced to 20 days in jail and 11 months and 29 days of probation and ordered to pay $994 in fines and fees for theft under $1,000.

— Joshua Lee Price, 35, who was sentenced to 270 days in jail and three years of supervised probation for violation of the sex offender registry and six counts of violation of community corrections for life.

In other Hawkins County Criminal Court activity, on Monday a jury acquitted William Brandon Bass, 30, Surgoinsville on one count of aggravated assault as well as the lesser included charges of reckless aggravated assault, assault, and assault by offensive touching.

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