21-year-old killed in crash on I-40 in Mt. Juliet

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WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 21-year-old man was killed in a crash on Interstate 40 in Mt. Juliet early Thursday morning.

The single-vehicle crash happened just after midnight in the eastbound lanes near the Providence exit.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported a 2009 Nissan Altima driven by Spencer Boston lost control and struck a traffic barrier on the rear of the vehicle. The Altima rotated counter-clockwise for 200 feet and Boston was ejected from the vehicle, according to the THP.

Boston was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Access to all the Providence exit ramps was blocked for at least two hours. The crash caused extensive damage to a guardrail, according to the THP. The roadway has since reopened to traffic.

No additional information regarding the crash was immediately released.

MORE: Tennessee man arrested for smoking marijuana in courtroom

In January 2020, Boston served 10 days in the Wilson County jail after he pulled out a joint and lit it in front of a judge and packed courtroom while appearing for a marijuana citation.

Boston was standing at the podium before Judge Haywood Barry. The two discussed the case briefly, then the judge looked down. Then Boston reached into his coat pocket, pulled out a joint, struck a match and lit up. He puffed on the joint, then turned to the packed audience and said, “the people deserve better.”

He was immediately taken into custody.

“I’ve been in law enforcement for 20 years and this is by far the most bizarre thing I have seen in a courtroom. He is a lot braver than I am. When you go in front of a judge, there is a high level of respect in court that must be maintained, and he definitely disrespected the judge and the courtroom so there should be consequences,” said Lt. Scott Moore with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the TBI, Boston had no prior arrest history before this incident in court.

News of Boston’s arrest spread quickly online.  A GoFundMe account for FREE SPENCER raised more than $7,000  

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and WKRN.com for updates.

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