Kingsport City Schools official charged with DUI following Sunday wreck


A Kingsport City Schools official is charged with driving under the influence after a wreck in Kingsport Sunday evening.

A Kingsport Schools official confirmed to News Channel 11 that David Frye, 58, of Jonesborough, is the district’s chief finance officer.

According to Hawkins County court documents, officers responded to a crash with multiple injuries at University Boulevard and West Stone Drive about 5:40 p.m. June 2.

The complaint affidavit shows the officer spoke to “driver David Frye.” The officer reported Frye was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech and glassy eyes. The officer could also smell “an odor associated with alcohol” coming from Frye.

The document shows Frye performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test.

Officers then arrested Frye and took him to Kingsport City Jail.

At the jail, the officer conducted a breath test. The report indicates “Frye blew a result of 0.237BAC.” The legal limit 0.08 BAC.

Frye is charged with driving under the influence and failure to exercise due care.

The court document shows a judge ordered Frye released on a misdemeanor citation due to Frye’s need for medical care. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Kingsport City Schools issued this statement:

We are aware of the incident Sunday afternoon involving Mr. Frye.  KCS shares concern for all involved in the incident and for Mr. Frye, an employee with 35 years of service with the district.  We will continue to evaluate all aspects of the situation as they develop.

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