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Man blames black outs for string of crashes

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John Ward crashed into Daniel Boyco's Clarksville home in May. John Ward crashed into Daniel Boyco's Clarksville home in May.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -

It could be up to 30 days before a Clarksville man connected to four wrecks in four months will find out if his driver license will be suspended.

John Ward, 57, was charged with reckless driving by Clarksville police after crashing into a home in the 3200 block of Twelve Oaks boulevard Tuesday.

No one was injured in the wreck.

According to the crash report, Ward said he blacked out shortly before the wreck.

Nashville's News 2 obtained a copy of Ward's motor vehicle record. It shows nine wrecks showing property damage or personal injuries since 2007.

He had multiple wrecks in Montgomery County. He also had wrecks in Dickson and Sumner counties.

One of those wrecks was a crash into Daniel Boyco's home on Old Russellville Pike, May 3.

"I heard a boom," Boyco said. "I stepped back outside and there was the car. I was like, how did something like this happen?"

The car barely missed Boyco. The man had arrived from work just seconds before.

"He was trying to get away," Boyco said. "He was disoriented like he was on something but he wasn't drunk or anything."

Boyco continued, "He said he was going through a divorce and he just blacked out."

Ward said he blacked out before three other wrecks in Clarksville this year.

In July, he crashed into a gas pump at an Exxon station on Riverside Drive. The gas pump exploded and Chris Porter, 49, was burned over 40% of his body. Porter survived and is recovering.

Ward has not been charged in connection with the wreck.

Clarksville police submitted a request to the Department of Safety to have Ward's license re-tested.

That means the department would decide if it should suspend Ward's driver license.

Despite the numerous wrecks on Ward's driving record, he did not accumulate the required 12 points for the department to automatically notify him that his license was in danger of being suspended.

Instead, Ward's case will be considered by the driver improvement division of the Department of Safety.

The department would not comment on Ward's case specifically. But department officials said in cases where a driver blacks out while driving their license is suspended for six months.

A physician must then sign paperwork that states the driver has been lapse free for six months before their license is reinstated.

A driver gets 30 days from receiving notice of the suspension to request a hearing.

In cases where the department feels the driver is an especially large risk to the public the period to request a hearing can be as little as five days.

"I haven't figured out what's more puzzling. The fact he has his license or the fact he hasn't killed anybody," Boyco said. "It seems like a risk to everyone."

Ward remains free on $5,000 bond. Attempts to reach him by phone and at his last known address were unsuccessful.

Ward has not been charged in connection for the July 4th wreck, because police said toxicology results are pending.

That could take up to 35 weeks, according to the TBI.

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