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Kingsport DUI suspect drives through yard, into parked vehicle

Rain Smith • Sep 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM

A 20-year-old Kingsport man has been arrested after allegedly driving his Jeep into oncoming traffic, a utility pole and through the yard of a residence, striking a parked vehicle.

Elijah H. Hankins, of 5423 Orebank Road, is charged with reckless aggravated assault, driving under the influence and underage consumption. At 5 p.m. Saturday police were called to 3625 Orebank Road, where Hankins' 2008 Jeep Laredo had entered the yard, through hedges and struck a Honda CRV parked in the driveway.

A Kingsport police arrest report says Hankins admitted to drinking beer earlier in the day. He was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of injuries, then booked into jail.