FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On Thursday, October 4, 2018, at approximately 9:53 AM, Abingdon Police Department officers were dispatched to the 200 block of East Main Street in reference to a motor vehicle crash. When officers arrived, they observed a box truck that hit a power pole, knocking the power lines down on top of a Washington County, VA Sheriff’s Office police car. The two occupants of the box truck were questioned regarding the incident, and it was found that the driver, Trevis Lightfoot, had an outstanding warrant out of Bristol, VA for Assault and Battery, in violation of § 18.2-57 of the Code of Virginia.
Lightfoot, 25, of Bristol, VA was charged with the following as a result of the crash:
• Fail to Maintain Control, in violation of § 46.2-853 of the Code of Virginia;
• Drive on suspended license 3rd offense, in violation of § 46.2-301 of the Code of Virginia; and
• Expired state inspection, in violation of § 46.2-1158 of the Code of Virginia
Lightfoot was released on summons for the above charges.
The passenger, Franklin Hudson (Pictured), 30, of Bristol, VA was charged with Possession of Schedule I or II, in violation of § 18.2-250 of the Code of Virginia. As a result of a preliminary field test, the substance was consistent with methamphetamine. Hudson is being held on a $2000 secured bond at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail.
This incident closed East Main Street from Tanner Street to Hutton Street for several hours. Thanks to Appalachian Electric Power for their quick response in repairing the power pole and lines. We can now report that East Main Street is back OPEN.
Additional THANK YOU to the US Forest Service, the Town of Abingdon Public Works, the Abingdon Fire Department, Virginia State Police, and the Washington County, VA Sheriff’s Office for their help with this incident.