Man charged with DUI after hit-and-run accident

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com

   A Butler man was arrested and charged with multiple offenses following his involvement in a hit-and-run accident Friday afternoon.
   Kyle R. Hughes, 36, 200 Mallard Cove Road, Butler, was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, violation of the vehicle registration law and violation of the financial responsibility law.
   According to reports, area law enforcement officers were advised to be on the lookout for a white Chevrolet Cavalier traveling east on State Route 67 headed into Elizabethton that was being driven in a reckless manner. Moments later, officers were advised that the same vehicle had been involved in a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of West Elk Avenue and Hudson Drive and had left the scene traveling east.
   Shortly after the accident, the vehicle was spotted traveling eastbound on West G Street by Elizabethton Police Department PTL Carl Burrough. At that time, the vehicle was reported to have heavy damage to the front end.
   Burrough initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at the intersection of West G Street and Ferguson Avenue. At that time, the driver was identified as Hughes.
   "Upon investigation, it was determined that Hughes had struck a Ford pickup being driven by Raymond B. Pipkin," the report by EPD PTL Michael Merritt states. "Pipkin sustained an injury to the area around his mouth." The Cavalier driven by Hughes struck the truck driven by Pipkin in the rear end, according to Burrough.
   "This officer spoke with Hughes at which time an odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected about his person and his speech was slurred," Merritt states in his report. "This officer advised Hughes of his rights at which time he indicated he understood his rights. This officer asked Hughes if he had been involved in an accident at which time he stated he had hit a red truck."
   At that time, Merritt asked Hughes to perform a series of field sobriety tests. Merritt first explained and demonstrated the nine-step walk and turn task. "Hughes could not stay in the starting position without losing his balance, raised his hands from his side and then stated he did not want to do the task," Merritt states in his report. Following that task, Merritt then explained and demonstrated the one-leg stand task. According to the report, Hughes performed poorly on that task as well, stopped before completing it and stated that he did not want to do the task. Merritt administered one more field sobriety test to Hughes and he performed poorly on that task as well and was taken into custody and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident with injury.
   According to reports, Hughes could not provide proof of insurance and the vehicle registration plate that was displayed on the vehicle had expired. He was then charged with violation of the financial responsibility law and violation of the vehicle registration law.