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Authorities may suspend license of man who crashed into gas pump, home

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CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The man who drove into a gas pump causing an explosion on July 4, then crashed into a house earlier this week has a lengthy record of wrecks.

John Ward, who was arrested Tuesday and charged with reckless driving after he crashed into a Clarksville home on Monday, has been involved in 10 wrecks in three different counties since June 1, 2007.

After the July 4 wreck that burned a store customer, Ward claimed he passed out behind the wheel because of a medical condition.

A surveillance camera caught Ward's vehicle crashing to the gas pump at a Clarksville convenience store, erupting into a huge explosion.

"Why it this guy still driving?" asked Tamera Scorpio, whose home Ward crashed into on Monday.

The crash took out a garage door and damaged part of Scorpio's house.

"He needs help," said Scorpio. "They think it was a medical condition that caused both of these accidents."

Ward has blamed his blackouts on stress, hypoglycemia and panic attacks.

After Clarksville police investigated the most recent wreck, Ward was arrested and charged with reckless driving.

The Tennessee Department of Safety is now looking into suspending Ward's license.

Daniel Boyko had a close encounter after Ward crashed his car into his Clarksville home on May 3.

"He said he blacked out," said Boyko. "He came through the field, broke through the fence, jumped this hill, hit the side of the driveway and smacked right into the house.

"I reached in to try to grab his keys. He grabbed my arm. I said, 'Hey buddy, you're not going anywhere.'"

Boyko was standing the spot of the impact seconds before the crash occurred.

"I just walked in and boom!" said Boyko. "The screen door hadn't closed yet. That was how fast it was."

Six years of crashes may have caught up with Ward.

The Tennessee Department of Safety said it had sent him a proposed suspension letter.

"Drivers that accumulate 12 points or more on their driving record within a 12-month period are sent a notice of proposed suspension," said an email response from the Department of Safety. "Based on the number of points Mr. Ward accumulated on his driver's license, a proposed suspension letter was sent to him."

Most of Ward's crashes involved veering into oncoming traffic before crashing. In one case, oncoming drivers had to take evasive action to avoid Ward's car.

Ward has 90 days to appeal the proposed suspension. He can continue to drive during that time.

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