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Father charged in accident that injured his daughter, son

John Thompson • Nov 26, 2018 at 7:44 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A man suspected of being involved in a crash on the Mary Patton Highway around 8 p.m. Saturday that injured his two children made his first appearance in court Monday on several charges.

Deputies from the Carter Country Sheriff’s Department and a trooper with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said they could smell “a strong odor of alcohol” coming from Marc Andrew Trubiano, 39, 110 Orchard Meadows Lane, Roan Mountain.

Deputy Robert Scott was the first officer to respond to the wreck. When he arrived, he reported that he could clearly see a young girl laying behind the glass of an overturned SUV. While he made his approach to the girl, he saw several people trying to administer first aid to her. He said one was a uniformed nurse who had been on her way to work when she came upon the wreck.

He said there was also a shirtless man, later identified as Trubiano. Scott said Trubiano was shaking the girl and screaming. Scott said that when he approached Trubiano, he could smell alcohol. Scott ordered Trubiano to “unhand the child,” but he said Trubiano did not comply.

Scott said he then took hold of Trubiano’s wrist. At that time, a second deputy arrived on the scene. Scott said Trubiano began screaming to let him go and threatened to kill the deputy. The deputies said they removed Trubiano from the scene as the Rescue Squad began working on the girl.

Scott said Trubiano became more combative and began kicking and spitting on the deputies. Trubiano was placed in the back of his cruiser, but began kicking the glass. At that time, the deputies said they used pepper spray on him. When he continued to struggle, the deputies said he was placed in shackles and leg restraints.

The deputies charged Trubiano with simple assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Trooper Ryan Brackett responded to investigate the accident. He said he assisted the deputies in gaining control of Trubiano and noticed the smell of alcohol on him. He said a field sobriety test could not be conducted due to Trubiano’s combative state, but based on his experience as a trooper, it appeared Trubiano was intoxicated.

Brackett charged Trubiano with vehicular assault because of the injuries to his 6-year-old daughter. He was also charged with reckless endangerment because of injuries to his 10-year-old son. He was also charged with reckless driving and no proof of insurance.

Brackett said his investigation of the accident revealed that Trubiano’s SUV was going through a curve to the left when the vehicle went out of control, spun around, went off the right side of the highway, struck a bank and overtuned.

Trubiano’s daughter was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center with serious bodily injuries, Brackett reported. There was no information available on the boy’s condition.

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