Johnson City man charged in hit-and-run

Published 9:10 am Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Johnson City man faces charges after police say he fled the scene of a car crash that sent one woman to the hospital.
Elizabethton police arrested Anthony Gore, 26, 1484 Milligan Highway, Johnson City, on Friday and charged him with leaving the scene of an accident with injury, failure to render aid and second offense driving on a revoked license. He was also served with an outstanding warrant charging him with violation of probation.
Shortly before 8 a.m. Friday, Elizabethton Police officers responded to a hit-and-run on Highway 19E at Pete Hampton Drive.
A woman reported that her car had been struck by another vehicle, which then fled the scene.
Before being transported to the hospital for treatment, the woman was able to provide police with a tag number and description of the car that hit hers.
Police later found the suspect vehicle parked at a city apartment complex and noted it had damage to the left front end that was consistent with the crash, EPD Officer Eric Buck said. The vehicle’s owner told police Gore had been driving the car at the time of the crash.
“(The owner) stated Mr. Gore returned to the apartment, threw her the keys, stated he was just involved in a crash and then left on foot,” Buck said. “(She) stated Mr. Gore left because he said the police would probably be up there.”
Buck found Gore in another apartment at the complex and arrested him on an outstanding warrant charging him with violation of probation. Gore admitted he was involved in the crash and had fled the scene, Buck said.
Gore appeared Monday in General Sessions Court, where Judge Keith Bowers Jr. appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Gore and released him from jail on his own recognizance. Gore is next scheduled to appear in court on March 6.
No further information was available on the extent of injuries suffered by the woman injured in the accident.

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