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April 24, 2014

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Driver Must Face Weight Of DUI Charge

Originally published: 2013-08-27 10:43:10
Last modified: 2013-08-27 10:47:21



A man's apparent intoxication level Monday morning at Greeneville Iron & Paper Co. on Old Stage Road tipped the scales in favor of a driving under the influence charge, Greeneville police determined.

Terry Lynn Duncan, 50, of 390 Keller Road, Afton, was charged after police received a call about an intoxicated man in a car "sitting on their weight scales," Officer Eddie Short said in a report.

When police arrived, they found Duncan "slumped over" inside the car, which was behind another vehicle on the scales that pulled away.

Officers saw the weigh master "holler (at Duncan) to pull forward."

Duncan raised his head and complied, but drove past the scales, the report said.

"The scale master came and yelled to him he went too far and needed to back up. (Duncan) put the car in reverse and started backwards at a fast pace. He was getting near to striking my patrol car when I yelled at him to stop," the report said.

As an officer approached, Duncan began to get out of his car "and nearly fell, stumbling," the report said.

Duncan's speech was slurred to the point where officers had difficulty understanding him, the report said.

He had a strong odor of alcohol and told officers that he had "about four or five" drinks earlier.

Duncan allegedly could not understand the instructions for field sobriety tests, and was unable to take any of the tests, the report said.

As he was being placed in a patrol car, Duncan told officers he had taken a Valium, and later told deputies at the Greene County Detention Center he took a Xanax, the report said.

Duncan remained in custody today. His first scheduled General Sessions Court appearance is on Wednesday.

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