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Police: Johnson City man intentionally caused I-26 crash

Staff Report • Dec 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

A 22-year-old Johnson City man was arrested Tuesday on accusations that he purposefully caused a rush-hour wreck on Interstate 26.

Joshua B. Burchfield, 2635 Cherokee Road, was charged with reckless endangerment following the crash at mile marker 15 about 4:30 p.m.

Witnesses told police Burchfield’s Mazda pickup was weaving in and out of traffic and had passed other vehicles on the shoulder, according to the arrest report.

Dillon Higgins, 18, was driving a Ford F150 in the left lane when Burchfield approached from behind, flashed his lights and followed Higgins closely, witnesses told police.

As Higgins merged into the right lane, Burchfield came around him and slammed on his breaks, “apparently trying to cause the F150 to crash into him,” police said in the arrest report.

Higgins was trying to merging back into the left lane and came alongside the Mazda when Burchfield swerved, striking the Ford. Burchfield’s pickup wound up on its side and skidded several feet before coming to a stop, police said.

Witnesses told police Burchfield exited his vehicle cursing at Higgins.

After being checked at a local hospital emergency room, Burchfield was arrested and taken to the Washington County Detention Center. He was later released on $10,000 bond.


Update: Burchfield appeared in Sessions Court on Wednesday. A hearing date on the reckless endangerment charge was set for Feb. 26.

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