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Police: Racing led to State of Franklin crash, 1 arrested

Staff Report • Nov 20, 2012 at 2:48 PM

A Johnson City man was racing on State of Franklin Road early Tuesday morning when his car rear-ended another vehicle, leading to his arrest on charges including reckless endangerment, police said in a news release.

Danny A. Hernandez, 19, 2705 McKinley Road, was arrested after the crash at West State of Franklin and Harris Drive about 12:30 a.m.

Hernandez was racing another vehicle on State of Franklin at high speed when he struck the other vehicle traveling in the same direction, police said.

According to a police report, Hernandez hit Bretten F. Murray, 19, who was pulling onto State of Franklin from the campus of East Tennessee State University.

Hernandez’ vehicle skidded more than 148 feet before crashing into the rear of Murray’s vehicle.

Police wrote in the report that Hernandez said he and the other driver were “just having a little fun.”

Police found a small bag of what smelled and looked like marijuana and a glass pipe that was in a sock in Hernandez’ pants.

Murray was taken to Johnson City Medical Center. His condition was not available.

Charged with reckless endangerment with a motor vehicle, simple possession/casual exchange of drugs and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia, Hernandez was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $12,000 bond pending a Sessions Court appearance Wednesday.

Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois said investigators were working to identify the other driver in the race.

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