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Driver Wakes Up, Slams Police Car

Originally published: 2012-12-21 10:32:36
Last modified: 2012-12-21 10:44:21
 


BY KEN LITTLE

STAFF WRITER

Christopher Ryan Waddell had a rude awakening Wednesday night, but a Greeneville Police Department cruiser got the worst of the bargain.

Waddell, 21, of 40 Shady Rest Circle, was charged with driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia after crashing into a patrol car operated by Officer Jeffrey Sowers.

Waddell was found "passed out" about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday in the oncoming lane on Crum Street, with the engine running and the car in gear, Sowers said in a report.

"He did not respond to verbal commands and when he finally woke up, he accelerated [the] vehicle and crashed into the police cruiser, which was parked in front," the report said.

Waddell "could not articulate, walk or even hold his head up," the report said.

Neither Sowers nor Waddell was injured.

Waddell was searched after his arrest, and a syringe was found in a pants pocket, the report said.

He "had no medical reason to have a syringe, and [it] had been used to inject illegal narcotics," the report said.

Bond was set at $2,000. Waddell was scheduled to appear today in General Sessions Court.

Greeneville police "request restitution for damage to the police cruiser," the report said.

Chief Terry Cannon said Thursday the damage was confined to the driver's side door of the police car. It totals between $800 and $900.

A passenger in Waddell's car, Matthew S. Carter, 21, of 526 Old Cemetery Road, was also found passed out.

As Carter got out of the car, he had a syringe in his hand, a report by Sowers said.

Two pill bottles were found on the passenger side of the car. One contained three morphine pills and two somas pills, the report said.

Carter, who was "incoherent" at the scene, was charged with possession of Schedule II and IV drugs, and public intoxication, the report said.

He was scheduled to appear today in General Sessions Court.

 
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