Police: Man steals car, then crashes it
ELIZABETHTON — A Hampton man has been arrested on charges that he stole the car of a woman he visited on his birthday and wrecked it a short time later, police said.
Travis Edward Oliver, 30, 110 Betty St., Hampton, was arrested by Deputy Tim Matthews of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department on charges of theft over $1,000; felony reckless endangerment; driving on a revoked license and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.
Rachel N. Cooper-Colbaugh told accident investigator Trooper James W. Jackson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol that Oliver and a man she didn’t know had been to her house on Swimming Pool Road in Hampton on Nov. 20, which was Oliver’s birthday. She said the men were drinking beer and she asked them to go out to the front porch to drink because she had a small child in the house and she did not want them drinking in front of the child.
She said the keys to her car were on the kitchen table. She said she left the room for a short while and when she returned, the keys and the men were gone.
Jackson said that during the crash investigation, it was revealed that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and traveled more than 1,000 feet, twice striking the median barrier wall at the Double Bridges section of U.S. Highway 19E between Hampton and Valley Forge. The vehicle then flipped over and came to rest on its top in the right lane of the highway.
There was no one at the scene when officers arrived, but Carter County deputies found Oliver’s wallet and a Tennessee identification card inside the crashed vehicle. Jackson said Oliver’s drivers’ license was revoked by a prior DUI in 2006.