Numerous charges face driver after hit and run

By Lesley Jenkins
star staff

A two-vehicle accident that occurred on U.S. Highway 19-E on Monday afternoon left a female driver injured, and the driver of the second vehicle fled the scene on foot.
   Harold Kenneth Gowin, 56, pulled his vehicle into the path of oncoming traffic while attempting to turn left onto Sycamore Street and struck another car driven by Amy Dugger, 19, 403 Heaton St., who was driving south on U.S. Highway 19-E.
   One witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said she came up to the scene moments after the accident and saw Gowin walking. The witness asked Gowin if there had been an accident, and he didn't reply in a coherent manner and continued walking, the witness said.
   It wasn't until the witness stopped at the scene that she realized the man was one of the drivers involved in the crash.
   Gowin was apprehended by police officers at J & W Market on Sycamore Street 30 minutes after the accident, according to Elizabethton Police Department Officer Carl Burrough. Police said Gowin was buying a six-pack of beer when he was arrested.
   Gowin was charged with public intoxication, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, driving on a revoked license, no registration and no insurance.
   Dugger suffered chest injuries related to wearing a seat belt and was transported by Carter County Rescue Squad personnel to Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   Following his arrest, Gowin was also transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital complaining of possible heart attack symptoms.