ETSU athlete charged in assault of two Milligan students

By Abby Morris
Star Staff

   JOHNSON CITY -- Charges against a Kingsport man accused of assaulting two Milligan College students during a road rage incident in April have been turned over to a Washington County Grand Jury.
   Andrew Foerster, 22, 5404 Chippewa Lane, Kingsport, was charged with one count of aggravated assault and one simple assault after he allegedly attacked Brittany Fine and Erin Isenbarger in the early morning hours of April 29.
   According to court documents, Isenbarger and Fine told officers that they were riding through the Seminole Ridge apartment complex located on Seminole Drive in Johnson City when they stopped at the end of the parking lot. "Victims stated that the driver of their vehicle (Evan Young) flashed his lights at a Chevy Blazer for it to go, hence it was across from their vehicle at the stop lines first," court documents state. "Victims then stated that the vehicle followed them to State of Franklin Road while the driver of the Blazer was yelling at them."
   Fine and Isenbarger told the reporting officer, Inv. Ed Williams of the Johnson City Police Department, that Young attempted to "lose" the driver of the Blazer while on State of Franklin Road but was unsuccessful. The women then told police that Young attempted to turn the vehicle around in order to return to Milligan College in the 400 block of State of Franklin Road in front of the Johnson City Medical Center hospital.
   The victims reported to police that at that time, the driver of the Blazer, later identified as Foerster, blocked their vehicle from moving and then exited his vehicle and that they in turn exited theirs. "Victims stated that the male subject shoved them to the ground several times and struck them both in the face," court documents state. "Erin Isenbarger suffered from bruises to the face and a fractured leg. Brittany Fine, however, suffered a broken nose."
   According to the court documents, Fine and Isenbarger later identified Foerster as their attacker after seeing a picture of him on the Internet in relation to his being an athlete for East Tennessee State University. Foerster, who was a senior linebacker at ETSU and a former standout at Dobyns-Bennett high school in Kingsport, was suspended from the team by ETSU football coach Paul Hamilton after he was charged in the incident.
   Foerster appeared in Washington County General Sessions Court on Thursday and the case was bound over to a Grand Jury. He is scheduled to appear in Washington County Criminal Court on July 15.