Woman arrested after abandoning car in middle of road

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
A 20-year-old Johnson City woman was arrested and charged with two offenses after officers discovered her car parked in the middle of the road Saturday morning.
Kara D. Hyder, of 136 Shenandoah Drive, Johnson City, was charged with underage consumption of alcohol and criminal littering.
According to reports, officer of the Carter County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to Mountain View Road in the Pinecrest community in reference to an abandoned vehicle. "Upon arrival I observed a gray Honda blocking the entrance to the apartment complex on Mountain View Drive," CCSD Sgt. Keith Range states in a police report. "Deputies also observed several empty beer containers in the vehicle and outside the vehicle on the ground."
Officers determined that the abandoned vehicle belonged to Hyder and obtained a phone number to contact her and the address of her residence, which was less than one-half mile away from where the vehicle was located.
Officers on the scene asked the 911 Communications Center to contact Hyder in regard to her vehicle. "Ms. Hyder told the 911 Center that she had left her vehicle at her place of employment in Johnson City," Range sates. "She also told the 911 Center that she would be right down to retrieve her vehicle."
After the 911 Center made contact with Hyder, officers waited for what Range described as "an extended period of time" for Hyder to respond to the scene, and she did not. "Several more phone calls were placed but the line remained busy. I left the scene and went to Ms. Hyder's residence on Shenandoah Drive," Range stated.
At Hyder's residence, officers spoke with Hyder's mother, who advised them that her daughter would be out in a minute to speak with them. When Hyder came to the door, she smelled of alcohol, and her speech was slurred, according to Range.
"I asked Ms. Hyder if she knew how her car came to be on Mountain View Drive and she stated that it quit running on her last night. I then asked her why she did not come to the scene when she advised that she was enroute, and she stated she went back to sleep," Range stated.
At that time, Range took Hyder into custody for underage consumption of alcohol and for criminal littering for discarding the beer containers from her vehicle onto the parking lot. She is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Sept. 15.