Intoxicated Knox County man arrested after crashing into mobile home

According to reports, one person was arrested and several mobile homes were damaged as a result of crash.
Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 7:55 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2020 at 11:33 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Officials with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said a reported shooting in North Knoxville was actually a car crash.

Deputies responded to a reported shooting on the 2700 block of Rifle Range Road around 1 a.m.

According to reports, the driver crashed into the front of a house trailer. Brandon Thomas reportedly exited the vehicle and was described as being “extremely unsteady on his feet and had slurred and mumbled speech.”

Deputies said they instructed Thomas to keep his hands in sight multiple times but he immediately began to resist arrest.

Thomas admitted to KCSO deputies that he drank a pint of vodka before the incident. Officials said a sobriety test could not be conducted because of Thomas’s level of intoxication.

Thomas was treated by AMR crews on the scene of the incident before he was transported to the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility.

Officials said Thomas’s license was currently suspended with no revocation date. Thomas’s record reportedly listed multiple license suspensions in the past. Thomas was also unable to provide proof of insurance.

Due to the amount of damage done to vehicles and property in the area, all residents were told to report the damage.

KCSO officials said the incident was originally reported as a shooting due to the loud noise caused by the crash.

The incident is under investigation by the KCSO Major Crimes Unit.

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