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April 20, 2014

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Weekend DUI Arrests Keep Officers Busy

Originally published: 2013-07-15 10:36:59
Last modified: 2013-07-15 10:40:46
 


BY KEN LITTLE

STAFF WRITER

At least six allegedly impaired drivers were taken off Greene County roads over the weekend by local law enforcement agencies.

Justin Wade Murray, 54, of 109 Skyview Ave., was charged Saturday morning by Greeneville police with driving under the influence-fifth offense, driving on a revoked license-fifth offense, and violation of the Motor Vehicle Habitual Offender Act.

Officers were dispatched to Barton Ridge Road "on the call of an intoxicated male who had run off the roadway and was intoxicated in their yard," Officer Roy Milton said in a report.

As officers arrived at the scene, Murray allegedly tried to flee.

"I had to catch him as he tried to get away into the woods," the report said.

Murray was unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol, the report added. He was taken to Takoma Regional Hospital to have blood drawn to determine a blood alcohol content.

A records check showed Murray had previous convictions for DUI and driving on a revoked license.

He was declared a habitual motor vehicle offender in Tennessee in June 2010, the report said.

Murray was held on no bond pending a first scheduled General Sessions Court appearance this morning.

'SLUMPED' OVER WHEEL

Deanna L. Bangs, 36, of Watterson Street, Kingsport, was charged Saturday with DUI-second offense and driving on a revoked license, Deputy Toby Price said in a report.

Deputies received a report "of a woman slumped over the steering wheel" of a sport utility vehicle in the 500 block of Nelse Roberts Road, the report said.

Bangs was sitting in the driver's seat. She had a strong odor of alcohol, and three empty beer cans and another half-full beer can were found in the Nissan Pathfinder she was driving, the report said.

The SUV "had been wrecked on the passenger side front end very recently," the report said.

Bangs "thought she was sitting in her mother's driveway in Kingsport, but was sitting in a roadway on Nelse Roberts Road," the report said.

Bangs did poorly on field sobriety tests and had her blood drawn at Takoma Regional Hospital to determine a blood alcohol content, the report said.

The person who came across Bangs in the road and called the Sheriff's Department stayed with her until deputies arrived "to keep her from leaving," the report said.

A records check showed that Bangs had previously been charged with DUI in 2009 in Kingsport, the report said.

Bangs was held on no bond pending a first scheduled court appearance this morning.

DRIVER 'UNRESPONSIVE'

Ronnie Allen Crum, 43, of 606 Chuckey Ruritan Road South, was charged Saturday with DUI-first offense, Greeneville police Officer David Lewis said in a report.

Officers responded to a call at Lee's Market, at the intersection of State Route 70 North and U.S. 11E, "to investigate a man unresponsive in his car."

Crum was allegedly sitting in the driver's seat with the keys in the ignition and the car running, the report said.

"He was unresponsive to voice. He only awakened with (a) sternal rub," the report said.

Crum allegedly "had difficulty composing his thoughts, and his speech was very slow," the report added.

He did poorly on field sobriety tests, the report said.

Bond for Crum was set at $1,000, with a first scheduled court appearance date set for this morning.

METH FOUND IN TRUCK

Eric Nicholas Long, 25, of 515 Paul Pettit Road, Mohawk, was charged early Sunday with DUI-second offense, driving while his license was revoked for DUI, simple possession of a Schedule II drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Long was behind the wheel of a Toyota pickup truck pulled over on Idell Road for erratic driving, Trooper Vince Mullins, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, said in a report.

"When I talked to him, he appeared to be under the influence of narcotics," the report said.

Long failed field sobriety tests. During a search of a wallet found in the truck, a plastic bag containing methamphetamine and a straw with residue was found, the report said.

A records check showed Long's driver license was revoked in connection with a DUI conviction in September 2009.

Long was also charged for having no proof of insurance and for a registration violation.

He was held on no bond pending a first scheduled court appearance this morning.

MARIJUANA FOUND IN CAR

Christopher H. Joyce, 33, of Germantown, N.C., was charged with DUI-first offense, violation of the implied consent law, felony possession of marijuana, and speeding, following a traffic stop Sunday night on southbound Interstate 81, Mullins said in another report.

Joyce was clocked driving 83 mph in a 70 mph zone. After his car was pulled over, Joyce "appeared to be intoxicated," the report said.

"He said he had smoked marijuana earlier (in the day)," the report said.

Joyce failed field sobriety tests. A jar was found in the car that contained "two separate amounts" of marijuana, totaling more than half an ounce, the report said.

Two pipes containing marijuana and residue were also found in the car, the report said.

Joyce allegedly refused to submit to a test to determine the drug or alcohol content of his blood, the report said.

Bond was set at $13,000, with a first court appearance scheduled for this morning.

'SWERVING' IN ROADWAY

Terry W. Collins, 25, of 620 N. Irish St., was charged with DUI-first offense early Sunday following a traffic stop on U.S. 11E, Mullins said in a third report.

Collins was seen "driving in an erratic manner (and) swerving in the roadway," the report said.

Collins had bloodshot eyes "and smelled of an intoxicating beverage," the report said. He failed field sobriety tests, the report added.

Bond was set at $1,000, with a first court appearance scheduled for this morning.

A passenger in Collins' car, 35-year-old Diana W. Wright, of 5172 West Andrew Johnson Hwy., was charged with public intoxication.

Wright allegedly "could not stand up without assistance to keep her from falling," a report said.

Bond was set at $250.

 
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