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Man faces charges after hit, run crash

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A Franklin man was arrested after police said he rammed a car three times with his vehicle and nearly hit a person.

Kevin D. Knight, 49, was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, operating while intoxicated, intimidation and resisting an officer.

Franklin police were called just before 10 p.m. Sunday by a driver whose vehicle was hit by a black sport utility vehicle.

The driver, Michael Hazelgrove, 47, Nineveh, told police he stopped at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Home Avenue

and when the light turned green, the vehicle behind him hit the back of his car twice, according to a police report.

Hazelgrove turned onto Home Avenue, parked and got out of his car and the driver of the sport utility vehicle revved the engine and sped forward. The sport utility vehicle struck the door and driver’s side mirror of Hazelgrove’s vehicle, according to the report.

 Hazelgrove was able to jump out of the way and was not hit, but he suffered a neck injury and a passenger in his car complained of head pain. Both were taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital, the report said.

A Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy saw the black sport utility vehicle swerve toward another vehicle in the opposite lane on Jefferson Street in downtown Franklin, according to the report. As the deputy and vehicle passed in the intersection at North Main Street, the sport utility vehicle swerved toward the patrol car, the report said.

The deputy said he stopped the SUV at U.S. 31, and Knight stumbled out of the vehicle. The deputy could smell alcohol on his breath, the report said.

Knight threatened to kill the deputy and refused to take sobriety tests when he arrived at the Johnson County jail. Police got a search warrant to draw Knight’s blood for testing, the report said.

Knight, 885½ W. Jefferson St., was held at the jail on $6,000 bond.

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