Hawkins driver accused of intentionally ramming bicyclist into ditch

Jeff Bobo • Mar 27, 2019 at 5:00 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man accused of intentionally ramming a bicyclist off the road earlier this month is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court Monday on charges including aggravated assault and felony reckless endangerment.

The incident occurred on March 14 around 5:40 p.m. while Christopher S. Hunnisett was operating a Trek Emonda bicycle southbound on Goshen Valley Road south of Church Hill.

Witnesses told the Tennessee Highway Patrol that a maroon 2013 Chevy Silverado driven by 61-year-old Kenneth Allen Housewright pulled beside Hunnisett and swerved right, colliding with the bicycle and sending Hunnisett into the ditch.

Hunnisett told the THP that Housewright yelled profanities at him and passed him while driving in a reckless manner prior to the crash.

After the incident, Housewright allegedly fled the scene, but a witness took down his license plate number.

A short time later, Housewright was located at his home at 2148 Goshen Valley Road and was taken to the crash scene by Hawkins County deputies.

THP Trooper Sgt. James Fillers stated in his report that upon his return to the crash scene, Housewright became combative and was taken to jail.

Housewright was described by Fillers as having a strong odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and being unsteady on his feet.

Upon being arrested, Housewright refused to submit to a blood draw.

Aside from aggravated assault and felony reckless endangerment, Housewright was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, failure to give immediate notice of an accident and violation of the implied consent law.

Hunniset was transported by Hawkins County EMS to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

Housewright was released from the Hawkins County Jail Sunday on $20,000 bond.

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