Abingdon Police Department
For Immediate Release
On Saturday, May 16, 2015, at approximately 1:30PM, an officer with the Abingdon Police Department was northbound on Stoneybrook Drive, approaching the intersection of Hillman Highway, when he observed a red 1999 Pontiac sedan traveling at a high rate of speed pass the Hillman Highway intersection eastbound. The officer approached the intersection, slowed and turned on to Hillman Highway. As the officer turned he observed that the speeding vehicle lost control and hit a guardrail at the intersection of Tunnel Street and Hillman Highway. Upon arrival at the crash site, the officer observed that a female passenger had exited the vehicle. Upon contact with the officer, she advised that there were two small children in the backseat. The officer found the children, securely fastened in their child restraint seats. The use of child restraints helped the children avoid serious injury. The passenger and two children were treated at Johnston Memorial Hospital for unknown injuries.
The driver, Mark Kyle Chaphe, 22, of 155 Pen Road, Chilhowie, VA, was still seated inside the vehicle. He displayed obvious signs of being under the influence of some type of intoxicant. A search of the vehicle yielded several small baggies of synthetic marijuana and smoking paraphernalia.
Chaphe stands charged with Driving under the Influence, in violation of § 18.2-266 of the Code of Virginia and two counts of Felony Child Endangerment, in violation of § 18.2-371.1 of the Code of Virginia. He was transported to the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail, where he is being held without bond.
Pictured: Mark Kyle Chaphe, 22, of 155 Pen Road, Chilhowie, VA