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UPDATED: Vehicular homicide: Man who fled hospital arraigned in Washington Co. courtroom

Becky Campbell • Updated Oct 23, 2017 at 8:10 PM

An Erwin man who left a local hospital last week before authorities could arrest him following a deadly crash was arraigned Monday in Washington County General Sessions Court after he was taken into custody over the weekend.

In addition to the vehicular homicide charge, Matthew Clyde Robinson, 24, 1126 E. Erwin Road, was also charged with second-offense DUI, driving on a revoked license, failure to exercise due care and failure to maintain lane of travel.

The crash killed 21-year-old Emily Lipson, of Kingsport.

It happened Oct. 15 shortly after 11 p.m. on Highway 81 near Beals Flat Road. According to a preliminary crash report from the THP, Robinson was driving a 2013 Kia RIO headed south when he ran off the right side of the road. The vehicle hit an embankment, went airborne and started to roll and flip before landing on its top in the middle of the road, according to the report.

THP Trooper Joe Lunceford arrived about 11:15 p.m. to find Robinson unresponsive and lying outside the vehicle. Lipson’s body was still restrained in the passenger side of the vehicle. In a court record, Lunceford said he found several alcohol containers in the vehicle.

According to the report, Robinson had been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The public defender’s office was appointed to represent him and the case was reset for Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. Robinson was being held on $110,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center.

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Reported earlier:

An Erwin man facing a vehicular homicide charge is due in Washington County Sessions Court today in a case resulting from an Oct. 15 crash that killed a woman.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested Matthew Clyde Robinson, 24, 1126 E. Erwin Road, on Saturday after asking the public for help finding him on Friday.

Robinson was charged with vehicular homicide after an Oct. 15 crash on State Route 81 in Washington County, but troopers said he left the hospital before he was discharged and arrested. According to authorities, he was driving drunk before the collision that killed his passenger, Emily Lipson.

The crash happened on Tenn. Highway 81 in Washington County. THP Trooper Joe Lunceford arrived about 11:15 p.m. to find Robinson unresponsive and lying outside the vehicle with Lipson’s body still restrained on the passenger side. In a court record, Lunceford said he found several alcohol containers in the vehicle.

Lunceford reported that Robinson had a prior DUI on Nov. 15, 2014, in Unicoi County. The trooper obtained a search warrant to draw blood from Robinson, the results of which were still pending as of the Oct. 16 Affidavit of Complaint filed in Sessions Court.

Robinson was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication on Oct. 16.

Following his arrest Saturday, Robinson booked into the Washington County Detention Center about 3:30 p.m. on $100,000 bond with a hearing set for this afternoon in Sessions Court.

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