Woman arraigned on reckless endangerment, DUI charges

Becky Campbell • Jan 30, 2012 at 5:43 PM

A woman arrested over the weekend in an alleged road rage incident on South Roan Street was arraigned on the charges Monday in a Washington County courtroom.

Leslie C. Rose, 48, 1806 Galen Drive, Johnson City, remained jailed on a $25,000 bond after her arrest on two counts of reckless endangerment, DUI, driving on a revoked license third offense and an open container law violation.

The charges resulted from two separate incidents, the first in Johnson City and a second in the county.

Rose was arrested Saturday at North Creek Road and Ranger Trial after Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Coit Dixon responded to a vehicle being stuck in a ditch.

According to Dixon’s affidavit of complaint, when the deputy made contact with Rose, the driver of the white Ford Ranger, he smelled alcohol and noticed Rose’s speech was slurred and her eyes bloodshot.

Dixon asked Rose to perform a field sobriety test, which resulted in his belief she was intoxicated. He also found an open 40 ounce bottle of malt liquor behind the driver’s headrest.

After Rose was booked into the Washington County Detention Center, Johnson City police served her with a warrant on the reckless endangerment charges.

Police were already looking for Rose when the county arrested her on the DUI and related charges.

According to court documents filed by JCPD Officer Sarah Wright, Rose instigated a road rage incident with another driver on South Roan Street around 10 a.m.

It started after Rose pulled from the Sunoco parking lot and behind the unnamed victim. The victim told police she first noticed the white pickup because the driver revved the engine before pulling out.

At the red light at South Roan and East State of Franklin, Rose allegedly honked her horn and cursed at the victim, telling her she needed to learn how to drive.

When the victim asked, “Why do I need to learn how to drive?”, the passenger got out and tried to hit the victim. She got out to get the woman’s tag number.

“While trying to get the tag number, the victim was standing at the rear of her vehicle when the female driver tried to speed away, nearly striking the victim,” Wright wrote in the court affidavit.

Rose hit the victim’s car door, causing damage and endangering the victim’s 3-year-old son who was in the car.

Just before 11 a.m., Wright received information that Rose had crashed and was arrested on the DUI charge.

“She claimed the victim ‘was in the road and wouldn’t go anywhere’ and (Rose) wanted to pass her,” Wright wrote.

Rose’s next court hearing is Feb. 6 in General Sessions Court.

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