Man arrested for involvement in two hit-and-run accidents

By Abby Morris

Star Staff

   A Roan Mountain man was arrested Tuesday night and charged with multiple offenses after allegedly being involved in two hit-and-run motor vehicle accidents in Roan Mountain earlier that same day.
   Johnny Basil Shell, 46, 567 Shell Creek Road, was arrested by Carter County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Patrick Johnson and Lt. Mike Fraley following an investigation. He has been charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident as well as failure to report an accident, violation of the financial responsibility law, driving on a revoked license, third offense driving under the influence, and violation of the implied consent law.
   According to reports, Fraley was called to investigate an accident on U.S. Highway 19E near the intersection of Cloudland Drive at approximately 6:30 Tuesday evening. At the scene, he met with George Davis, of Blowing Rock, N.C., who was involved in the accident.
   "He stated that a dark blue Chevy S-10 had struck his vehicle in the rear and went around him and fled the scene," Fraley said. Davis was driving a 2002 Ford F150 at the time of the accident.
   Davis was able to obtain the vehicle registration tag number on the pickup truck that had struck his vehicle, and he gave it to the officer to help locate the suspect.
   "At the same time, Sgt. Patrick Johnson was working an accident on Hampton Creek in Roan Mountain involving the same vehicle, an S-10 pickup with the same tag number. The driver had fled the scene of that accident also," Fraley said.
   No information was immediately available Wednesday evening regarding the other vehicle involved in the second accident or the details of that wreck.
   According to reports, after the investigation Johnson was able to locate Shell, who voluntarily returned to the scene of the accidents. Fraley described Shell's condition as "very intoxicated".
   Shell refused to submit to any field sobriety or blood alcohol content test to determine if his driving had been impaired with alcohol. Because of this, the charge of violation of the implied consent law was added to the moving violations he had been charged with. He is scheduled to appear in Carter County General Sessions Court Feb. 11 to answer to all of the charges against him.