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Elizabethton Police: Alcohol may have been factor in Wednesday crash

Staff Reports • Aug 1, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Police believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor in a head-on traffic crash Wednesday on West Elk Avenue near Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton.

According to a report filed by Elizabethton Police Department Patrol Officer Douglas Combs, officers dispatched to the scene of the crash at approximately 4:30 p.m. observed that both involved vehicles suffered heavy front-end damage in the collision.

Combs states one driver, Joan Whaley was still inside her vehicle and being treated by emergency medical personnel when he arrived and the other, identified as Brent David Rowland, was sitting in the grass near his badly damaged vehicle.

The officer writes that Rowland told him he could not remember what happened, but said he may have drifted across the road way because of fatigue.

Whaley told police that she saw Rowland's vehicle heading toward her, swerved into the left turn lane and slowed her vehicle, but said she could not avoid the collision.

Combs states that during the investigation, it was determined that alcohol may have been a contributing factor, but said that the crash is still under investigation and the results of toxicology tests are still pending.

Rowland was issued a citation for failure to exercise due care.

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