DUI charges involving two county vehicles
Recently, here have been a few incidents resulting in DUI charges
involving vehicles owned by Pickett County government.
The first accident was on Monday, July 31st at around 6 p.m.
causing a power outage within an area of Pickett County. After the
power went out, a call came into the Pickett County Sheriff’s Office
as a possible motor vehicle accident at 1526 Livingston Highway.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Neil Matthews also quickly responded
to the call. As Trooper Matthews was arriving to the area of the
possible accident, a tractor trailer truck traveling south on Highway
111, hit sagging powerlines and ripped a 55 ft. utility pole out of
the ground. Trooper Toby Beaty also arrived to investigate that part
of the incident. The truck driver was not injured but the road was
shut down to allow the lines to be safely removed.
Upon further investigation by Trooper Matthews, the powerlines were
low because of the utility pole being previously struck and the
guidewire was clipped causing the pole to lean. While there was no
vehicle around at that time, it was later determined that a parked
2007 Dodge Brush Fire truck, belonging to the Byrdstown-Pickett
County Volunteer Fire Department, had rolled down a hill and struck
the utility pole.
The Dodge truck had been parked at the residence of Steve Flowers,
who was a volunteer with the fire department. According to Fire Chief
Robert Bond, Mr. Flowers had not been authorized to keep the vehicle
in his possession at his residence. The accident report states that
Mr. Flowers left the scene and was located sometime later.
Mr. Flowers was charged with DUI first offense, leaving the scene
of a crash with no injuries, and immediate notice of a crash. He has
also been released of his position with the volunteer fire department.
The other incident occurred in Overton County involving a truck
used for the county Litter Grant program. The report indicates that a
call came into the Overton County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday,
August 2nd at around 10:56 a.m. at 4323 Heard Ridge Road in reference
to a possible two vehicle accident. The responding deputy reported
that a Nissan car was traveling north on Heard Ridge and came up on a
2005 Chevy truck that was parked on the wrong side of the road. When
the driver of the Nissan attempted to go around the vehicle, the
driver of the truck began to go forward hitting head on. There was
only minor damages to both vehicles with no injuries to either driver.
The report states that the deputy noticed the driver of the truck
was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and smelled of alcohol.
After being unable to perform tasks during the standard field
sobriety test, Jeremy Huddleston of Byrdstown was charged with DUI.