Charges dismissed against former Tenn. prosecutor

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Criminal charges against a former state prosecutor in East Tennessee who was indicted for reckless endangerment and evading arrest last year have been dismissed.

The acting prosecutor, Joe Baugh, told the Johnson City Press that the charges against former District Attorney General Joe Crumley were dismissed because of a medical condition.

Baugh, also a retired prosecutor, was appointed to handle the case against Crumley because the district attorney's office recused itself from the case.

The 58-year-old former prosecutor was arrested on Sept. 21 in Jonesborough for crossing the center line while driving and refusing to pull over when officers ordered him to stop.

Crumley was hospitalized because he suffered a seizure during the traffic stop.


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