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Police: Johnson City teen charged with vehicular assault after passengers injured in drunken driving crash

October 21st, 2011 11:35 am by Staff Report

Police: Johnson City teen charged with vehicular assault after passengers injured in drunken driving crash

A Johnson City man recently was arrested on charges that he injured two passengers in a crash while driving drunk, police said Friday in a news release.
Paul Brandon Mount, 18, 114 Rhododendron Lane, was charged with two counts of vehicular assault, DUI, underage consumption of alcohol, and failure to show proof of insurance.
On Sunday, police responded to a wreck on Bell Ridge Road near Utah Street and determined that Mount had crashed his vehicle, injuring two passengers, police said.
According to a court affidavit filed by police, the crash occurred about 4 a.m. Sunday. Mount was injured in the crash and taken to Johnson City Medical Center, so police were unable to perform field sobriety tests.
Police spoke with Mount, however, at the crash scene and noticed a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and body. After Mount’s vehicle was pulled back onto the road, police inventoried the contents and found a nearly empty bottle of vodka. A JCMC nurse also found a partially consumed bottle of vodka in Mount’s pants pocket, police said in the affidavit.
Mount’s passengers, Jessica Earp and Mindy Taylor, also were injured and were admitted to JCMC, according to the affidavit.
Police read Mount the implied consent form for mandatory blood withdrawal, and he consented but was unable to sign the form because of his injuries, so a nurse acted as witness, police said in the affidavit.
Mount was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $22,000 bond and arraigned Monday in Sessions Court. A preliminary hearing was set for the following Monday.

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