BY KEN LITTLE
A Chuckey man was charged with driving under the influence and other offenses after sheriff's deputies responded to a call about 9 p.m. Thursday concerning shots fired under the Elbert Kinser Bridge on the Erwin Highway (Tennessee Rt. 107).
Donald Teslow, 41, of 724 Fox Road, was also charged with violation of the implied consent law, possession of a handgun under the influence, having open containers of alcohol, no proof of financial responsibility and a seat belt violation.
Deputies arriving at the scene found Teslow driving a pickup truck on the public access road under the bridge.
He admitted to having a weapon in the truck, Deputy Michael Jones said in a report.
Teslow had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and bloodshot eyes, the report said.
He refused to take field sobriety tests "stating he could not pass because he drank too much at the river," the report said.
Two empty beer bottles and a half-empty bottle of liquor were found in the front seat of the truck, the report said.
Teslow allegedly refused to take a Breathalyzer test at the jail.
He had no proof of insurance and was not wearing a seat belt.
Deputies found a .45 caliber Taurus handgun and ammunition in the truck, the report said.
Bond was set at $3,750. Teslow's first scheduled General Sessions Court appearance was scheduled for today.