Arrest warrant for deadly crash suspect reveals long history

Arrest warrant for deadly Knoxville crash suspect reveals long history of offenses

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Scott Christian Spangler (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Scott Christian Spangler (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The man accused in a drunk-driving crash that killed one person and injured six others Friday night was formally charged Tuesday, revealing a long criminal history in Knox County.

Scott Christian Spangler, 49, was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of vehicular assault, driving on a revoked license, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officials say Spangler was driving his Chevrolet Blazer west on Gov. John Sevier Highway around 6:20 p.m. Friday when he crossed the center line, crashing into Benjamin Woodruff's sedan, which was traveling east.

Woodruff, 38, was killed in the crash. His two small children were injured.

The sedan then spun out of control, crashing into an SUV driven by Roy Hensley, 49. Hensley suffered severe injuries including broken bones.

Warrants from the Knox County General Sessions Court say when a Knoxville police officer arrived on scene, he found Spangler standing beside his car in the middle of the road urinating.

The officer states Spangler seemed confused about his direction of travel and had slurred speech.

Witnesses say Spangler was swerving his vehicle before the crash.

A marijuana pipe was discovered in Spangler's vehicle, and he said he had been taking roxycodone for pain. He was not given a field sobriety test.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Sept. 6.

Spangler's criminal history

Spangler has a long criminal history in both Knox and Sevier counties, including several DUI and driving on a revoked license convictions.

A Sevier County court found Spangler guilty of a fifth DUI offense in that county in 1999.

Spangler was convicted in July 2003 of a fourth offense driving under the influence and being a habitual motor vehicle offender.

In Knox County, Spangler also has an assault conviction on his record, while he was found guilty of check fraud in both Knox and Sevier counties.

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