Spencer man charged in fatal crash

SPENCER — A woman and her unborn child were killed in an accident Saturday in Spencer caused by a driver with a blood-alcohol concentration of more than .2, according to records in Roane County Magistrate Court.

Sarah Harris, 34, was 37-weeks pregnant and passed away at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston as a result of injuries sustained from the accident and the unborn child was found without a heartbeat, the criminal complaint said.

Justin Tyler Fisher, 28, 105 Sunset St., Spencer, drove left of center, resulting in a head-on collision in the center of the roadway, the complaint said.

Four occupants were in the Harris vehicle, Harris, her husband and two children, ages 6 and 11, the complaint said.

When law enforcement responded to the accident, Harris complained of serious neck and lower back pains, the complaint said.

All four occupants were treated at Roane General Hospital and later taken to CAMC General Hospital in Charleston, the complaint said.

Responding officers detected a strong odor of alcohol when they spoke with Fisher, the complaint said. Fisher admitted to drinking alcohol while driving before the accident happened, the complaint said.

Fisher claimed to have consumed five large beer beverages before driving, the complaint said. One open glass bottle of beer and an opened beer can were found inside the vehicle, the complaint said.

After several failed field sobriety tests, Fisher was arrested and given a second breath test where his blood alcohol content was measured at .205, according to the complaint.

Fisher is being charged with two counts of a DUI resulting in death, three counts of a DUI causing serious bodily injury, driving left of center, an open container in a vehicle and no proof of insurance.

He is being held at the Central Regional Jail on a $250,000 surety bond.


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