VA man charged with DUI after hit-and-run accident

By Abby Morris
Star Staff

   A Virginia man was arrested and charged with multiple offenses after allegedly fleeing the scene of a single vehicle accident in the early morning hours of Sunday that damaged the property of a city business.
   Robert H. Fetzer, 52, of Roanoke, Va., was taken into custody by Carter County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Patrick Johnson and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and violation of the implied consent law in addition to being charged with DUI.
   According to reports, Johnson heard the dispatch of the accident which included that the driver of the vehicle had continued eastbound on Broad Street after damaging the property of Morris Auto Sales, located at 409 Broad Street. "While investigating this complaint, I located a silver Ford Taurus parked on the shoulder of the road in front of the Mapes Factory with front end damage and a driver at the wheel," Johnson states in his report.
   "Upon speaking to the driver, who was later identified as (Fetzer), I detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about his person and as he walked around the vehicle was noted to be unsteady on his feet."
   Johnson asked Fetzer to submit to a series of standardized field sobriety tests to which Fetzer agreed, according to reports. "After being given instructions in each of these tasks and being shown an example the subject was unable to complete these tasks to (Johnson's) satisfaction," Johnson states in his report. "The subject was also asked to recite his ABCs, which he did with several notable mistakes."
   Upon further investigation into the accident by Johnson, CCSD Deputy Dean Jones and Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Joy Shoun, it was determined that Fetzer had been traveling eastbound on Broad Street when the accident occurred. "The subject had crossed Broad Street and jumped the curb and struck several steel posts at Morris Auto Sales and had left the scene and continued to travel east until being forced to stop due to a flat tire," Johnson said in his report.
   According to a report by Shoun, six metal posts, which had been embedded several inches into the asphalt parking lot, were uprooted when they were struck by Fetzer's vehicle. A section of chain link fence and a post on the Morris Auto Sales sign was also damaged in the incident.
   Fetzer is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on June 30.