Vehicular Homicide Suspect Ira Bales in Court today

WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL)-A Washington County teen facing a vehicular homicide charge was in court today.

According to a WCSO news release, deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash in the 2100 block of Carroll Creek Road, where they found a car that had crashed into a tree and was on fire.

The driver was identified as Ira Bales, of Johnson City, driving a 2015 Hyundai Sonata.

According to the release, the passenger in the vehicle, Tanner Wolfe, 19, also of Johnson City, was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the crash.

Bales was taken to a local hospital where he later gave a blood sample, which was submitted to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for analysis.

According to the release, investigators presented the findings in the case to a Washington County grand jury. The grand jury then indicted Bales on a vehicular homicide charge.

Bales next court appearance is scheduled for June 7th.


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