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Man pleads guilty to vehicular assault

By Xavier Smith xsmith@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:59 PM

Jason E. Spoon, 37, of Lebanon, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of reckless endangerment by vehicle and one count each of vehicle assault, DUI and vandalism.  

Criminal court Judge John Wooten Jr. sentenced Spoon to 12 years in prison for those charges. As part of the plea agreement, Spoon’s vehicle assault and reckless endangerment sentences will run concurrent with each other and consecutive to his DUI sentence.

Spoon struck three vehicles on Highway 231 in June 2013, causing injuries to multiple people. Spoon had a blood alcohol level of .25 percent at the time of the accidents, according to tests conducted.

A witness said he noticed Spoon’s dark-colored van swerving in the southbound lane in front of him as they entered Lebanon. The witness then watched Spoon’s van strike a vehicle around Old Hunters Point Pike just before the Kontiki subdivision.

The witness said Spoon’s vehicle struck the tail of a vehicle in front of Spoon after that, causing the rear tire to separate from the vehicle. Spoon then lost control of his vehicle and merged into the northbound lane, striking a Nissan Altima head on. Tammy Anderson was driving the Altima. 

Police arrested Spoon and placed him under supervision via monitoring device after he made bail.

Authorities became aware in July that Spoon had removed his monitoring device and placed it on his niece. The device was irreparable, which led to a vandalism charge. 

Police found and arrested Spoon in a Wilson County courtroom shortly after his monitoring device was removed.

Anderson and two other passengers suffered injuries in the wreck. Anderson spent an extensive amount of time at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a result of her injuries that included severe hip injuries.

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