Knoxville police: Drunk driver causes 2 hit-and-run crashes

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Knoxville Police Department says a man driving under the influence caused a series of crashes Tuesday afternoon, one on the Henley Bridge and another in South Knoxville.

David Gabriel, 60, is charged with DUI, two counts of failing to drive within lane lines, two counts of failure to report a crash and not having insurance.

Police were first called to Henley Bridge around 3:15 p.m. for a hit-and-run crash. They say a Dodge pickup tuck, later found to be operated by Gabriel, hit head-on a Dodge Neon driven by Stephanie Henry, 47. Henry was treated for non-life threatening injuries, but was cited for driving without a license and not having insurance.

As officers were investigating that crash, there was a second hit-and-run crash on Chapman Highway at East Martin Mill Pike. They say Gabriel hit a Saturn station wagon and continued going south. The Saturn driver, Stacy Lay, 43, was also cited for driving without a license. She was also taken to UT Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Gabriel kept going south on Chapman Highway until his vehicle lost a tire near the intersection with Woodlawn Pike. He was taken to UT Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.

The crashes caused traffic backups for most of the afternoon. The roadways eventually reopened.

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