Hit-and-run suspect allegedly handed police drugs instead of drivers license

Jeff Bobo • Feb 4, 2020 at 11:30 AM

CARTERS VALLEY — When asked by police to produce his driver's license Saturday night, hit-and-run suspect David Hal Feagins instead allegedly handed the officer a change purse containing a bag of meth and a bag of marijuana.

Shortly before midnight Saturday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Hunter Jones received a BOLO (be on the lookout) for a silver 1997 Honda CRV that had been involved in a hit-and-run crash at 6029 Carters Valley Road near Mount Carmel.

A short time later Jones was notified that the suspect vehicle had come to a stop 3.7 miles west of the original accident at 4531 Carters Valley Road.

Jones stated in his report that upon his arrival he observed the CRV to have front end damage, no left front tire and a wooden fence post sticking out of the front grill. The driver was identified as Feagins, 54, 953 Riverside Ave., Kingsport.

“I asked Mr. Feagins if he had his driver's license on him, and he said he did,” Jones said. “Mr. Feagins handed me a small coin purse and stated his license was inside that and that I could open it up. Upon opening the purse I observed a small baggy containing approximately 0.3 grams of a white crystal substance believed to be meth and a small baggy containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.”

Feagins allegedly admitted that he had used marijuana and meth earlier in the day and that he also had a prescription for Adderall, which he had also taken.

Jones reportedly located a prescription bottle for 60 Adderall that had been filled Wednesday with instructions to take two per day, but there were only nine left.

As for the initial wreck, Feagins allegedly stated he had fallen asleep and ran off the road.

Feagins reportedly told Jones he didn't stop at the initial crash scene because he was afraid that police would take his dog, which was with him.

Jones said that Feagins was unable to complete the field sobriety test safely because he was unsteady on his feet, and Feagins agreed to submit to a blood draw.

Feagins was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, failure to exercise due care, no insurance, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to give immediate notice of an accident.

As of Monday he was being held in the Hawkins County Jail pending arraignment in Sessions Court.

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