Severed torso found in car during Tennessee traffic stop

Dorrae Debrice Johnson

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee say a severed torso believed to be from a pedestrian was found in a car after a man hit a utility pole.

Sunday, 29-year-old Dorrae Debrice Johnson of Knoxville was charged with vehicular homicide, evading arrest and driving with a revoked license.

Investigators say Johnson hit a pedestrian Sunday afternoon when he drove his car onto a sidewalk while speeding away from a traffic stop, according to local news outlets. Those outlets report Johnson then hit a utility pole, and allegedly got out of the car and tried to run away from the scene. He was quickly arrested.

Court records show that  a police officer who went to turn Johnson’s car off after the utility pole crash saw the severed torso on the passenger floorboard. Officers found the rest of the victim’s body at the crash site.

Investigators found the victim’s wallet and identified him as 65-year-old Darryl Eugene Butler of Knoxville.