Man charged after crashing SUV into Clarksville home

Man charged after crashing SUV into Clarksville home (Image 1)

The same man who crashed his vehicle into a gas station in July is now charged with reckless driving after he crashed his rental car into a Clarksville home on Monday.

The incident occurred Monday around 12:45 p.m. in the 3200 block of Twelve Oaks Boulevard.

Clarksville Police said John Ward, 57, was traveling in a Ford SUV when the vehicle left the roadway and struck the home.

No injuries were reported.

Ward was taken into custody on Tuesday afternoon for the most recent incident. He has been released on a $5,000 bond.

“I was a little upset at first, but I was glad my wife and kids weren't here,” Homeowner Jason Scorpio said.

Scorpio said the crash did at least $10,000 in damage to his house. He said insurance adjusters also said his home suffered structural damage.

Crews installed wooden support beams and built a support wall to keep the home structurally sound until repairs can be completed.

The wreck Monday is Ward's second in just more than a month. In both accidents Ward reportedly told police he blacked out while driving.

“A gas station explodes and someone almost dies. Why wouldn't they suspend his license or have him medically evaluated,” Scorpio said.

He continued, “If he does have a known medical condition, why hasn't a doctor said ‘hey you shouldn't be driving'?”

On the Fourth of July, Ward slammed into a gas pump at the Exxon located at 715 Riverside Drive, causing a huge explosion.

Victim Chris Porter suffered burns to 40% of his body.

Porter has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at an in-patient rehabilitation facility, according to his family.

Charges have not been filed in the July crash involving Ward.

Clarksville Police said they are awaiting the results of toxicology tests from the TBI to complete the accident report for the July 4th crash.

Toxicology results can take 35 weeks to complete, according to the TBI.

In the meantime, Ward's case has not been presented to a grand jury for possible criminal charges and he has been able to keep his driver license.

“We have done everything legally we can do,” Clarksville Spokesman Sgt. Charles Gill said. “We can't take his license we have submitted it to the state to have his driver license reevaluated.”

Sgt. Gill said the Clarksville Police Department submitted a request to the Tennessee Department of Public Safety to have Ward's driver license suspended pending a re-evaluation.

Sgt. Gill said they hope to expedite the process. The re-evaluation could require Ward to show proof that he is physically able to safely operate a vehicle.

Calls to Ward, prior to his arrest, were not returned Tuesday.

As of the posting of this article, Ward was still waiting to be booked into the Montgomery County Jail.

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