Monday, April 11, 2016

Sad news from the numbers

We had 57,395 traffic crashes in the first 3 months in Tennessee.
45, 587 were property damage crashes.
16,539 persons were injured.
214 people were killed.

Unfortunately one of those people used to play with my son as they grew up in Athens. He was 22.
He wore his seat belt. He was sober and drug free. He was on a 55 mph roadway. He was probably going too fast.
He left the road to the left and hit a tree.
A life can end in an instant. The loss lasts forever. Mason had a zest for life.

Goodbye Mason. You will be missed.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

I was honored to speak to the West Tennessee M.A.D.D. Round-table Monday. It was impressive to see the number of victim advocates present and the students from Briarcrest H.S. in Memphis honoring their classmates.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

It's almost that time again

If you are a prosecutor in Tennessee and want to learn about the who, what, where and why of crashes, plan to attend our Crash Reconstruction for Prosecutors course June 20-24 at Lake Barkley in Kentucky. There we be a car crash. You will be taught what to look for in a reconstruction. Watch our previous crash below.


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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Back to back DUI convictions

Joe Welker, ADA, in Knoxville had a busy couple of days. On Tuesday a jury convicted Jeremy Ledyard Nathan of DUI third offense. The driver had slammed into a parked vehicle after drinking vodka.
On Wednesday, another jury convicted Anthony Mulden, 60, of DUI first offense. He had a .17 blood alcohol level.
I'm sure Joe is not the only prosecutor in the State to convict two drivers in two days with two different jury trials, but it does not happen often. Congratulations Joe!

150 years for violent thug

I usually only write about traffic safety cases, but I saw a headline on the Channel 5 News site that caught my eye and wanted to share it.
Judge Cheryl Blackburn sentenced Perpetal Tutlam, 31, of Nashville to six consecutive twenty five year sentences for aggravated rape, especially aggravated kidnapping and especially aggravated robbery.totaling 150 years. The victims were strangers to this thug. They were beaten, stabbed repeatedly, robbed  and forced to perform sexual acts on one another.
We are fortunate to have law enforcement officers and prosecutors, who take on this evil and remove a person who commits such horrendous acts from society.
Read more at:
http://www.newschannel5.com/news/local-news/man-sentenced-to-150-years-in-prison


Kingsport Conviction

The impaired driver who killed former Tennessee Legislator Michael Locke has been convicted of vehicular homicide by intoxication. Congratulations to ADA's Leslie Tiller and Kent Chitwood for their efforts to seek justice in this case. 
The defendant, James Hamm Jr. was found guilty by a jury of: 
Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication, Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Death, Reckless Endangerment x 2, and DUI.
Read about it in the Kingsport Times News at:

http://www.timesnews.net/Local/2016/02/23/Driver-found-guilty-in-death-of-Kingsport-businessman.html?ci=stream&lp=10&p=

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Double 8th offenses brings 6 year sentence

In Crossville Patricia Ann Cromer, 45, has pled guilty to two separate DUI 8th offense convictions. She was arrested for the two DUI's within four months of one another. In the second incident she had a child passenger as well as two adults.
On one occasion she ran into a utility pole and tried to leave, but was stopped by witnesses. Crossville officer Andrew King then placed her under arrest.
On the second occasion Deputy Jonathon Stout spotted the intoxicated driver in a parking lot on Lantana Road in physical control.
Cromer was also convicted for being an Habitual Traffic Offender and for child endangerment. District Attorney Bryant Dunaway handled the case for the State.