Friday, December 23, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Johnthony Walker, appearing next to his attorney, Amanda B. Dunn, requested a continuation of his court date to December 15, 2016. All parties agreed to this date change. Walker's new date is set for December 15, 2016 in the General Sessions Court of Judge Lila Statom.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The horror of the bus crash in Chattanooga yesterday fills my heart with grief. I cannot begin to imagine how so many families will recover. I hope and pray that all our systems will respond appropriately so that justice and healing can eventually occur.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
The Washington Post (story link below) tallied three new states as amongst those states that have added their weight behind the collective effort for marijuana legalization. California, Nevada, and Massachusetts have now given their stamp of approval to recreational marijuana and in other disturbing news: Florida, Arkansas, and North Dakota have given approval for medical Marijuana initiatives. Voters in Montana pushed-back the current restrictions on medical marijuana to round-out the evening as a victory for pot.
Friday, November 4, 2016
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. CORRIN KATHLEEN REYNOLDS
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
1) The Governor says, WAIT for more data before considering joining the experiment;
2)More babies are being born with marijuana in their system, which is harmful to the developing brain. Their mothers indicate they did not know it was a problem for the baby;
3)Marijuana effects brain development up to about age 30;
4) The black market and organized crime are thriving;
5) Most Colorado counties have voted to ban marijuana production. The biggest producer is Pueblo County. There is a ballott measure in that county this year to ban production there.
Watch the story at:
to see and understand how frustrating it is for law enforcement officers, who want to be able to do more to save lives on our roadways, but can't due to budgets. When I was the DUI Prosecutor in Chattanooga back in 2000, there was an active DUI unit in both the Chattanooga police department and the Hamilton County Sheriff's office. There were about four officers in each agency looking for impaired drivers during prime times on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
They were so effective and our DA's office was so effective, that impaired people started looking for other ways to get home from bars that did not involve driving. Officers were having a hard time finding impaired drivers, because the word had spread in the bars that the likelihood of getting caught and convicted was very high.
Now, things have regressed. Drinkers will not change behavior if they don't fear getting caught. People die when impaired drivers far outweigh the number of officers on the road.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
A Georgia man with a previous DUI has been charged in this tragic situation. Meanwhile, two families are left to greive.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Monday, October 17, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
It lists eight laws pertaining to bicycles and six more pertaining to pedestrians. Download it at:
Friday, August 5, 2016
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
10 died or were killed in alcohol related crashes.
9 died in drug related crashes. Some of the crashes involved both alcohol and drugs.
Remember to drive defensively and take care during every drive.
Monday, May 30, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
In 2014, there were 4.7 million.
In 1963 there were 941 traffic fatalities.
In 2014, there were 963.
We have 3 times as many drivers and about the same number of fatalities.
Sometimes, we get frustrated, but the reality is, we do pretty well.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Monday, May 16, 2016
What's going on? We can't blame the departure of Kendell Poole and Jim Camp forever, can we?
140 of the 345 fatal crashes included one particular factor. They included a driver failing to maintain a lane of travel.
That's 40% of fatal crashes! That's a lot of death and destruction!
Why are so many people leaving their lanes? Perhaps we need to start looking at lane departure as a danger like DUI.
Defense attorneys often ask officers on the stand all the excuses they have ever heard for people leaving their lane. They aren't all under the influence. They are dangerous!
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
If an officer stops to check on a driver slumped over the wheel, it is OK to turn on the blue lights to keep everyone safe!
Tennessee joins 48 States and the federal courts in recognizing this practice.
Monday, May 2, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016
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
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016
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!
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:
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:
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
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.
Monday, February 1, 2016
There were 8 persons lost in impaired driving cases. Alcohol was involved in seven deaths. Drugs were involved in five deaths. In four instances both alcohol and drugs were involved.
No impaired fatal crashes occurred after January 15th.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
"The deputy’s reports said that Echols, after driving the truck into the bar, left the scene on foot, where he
was apprehended. Wagner’s report said Echols admitted to driving the truck into the building “for
entertainment,” and further investigation led to information that the truck belonged to Echols’ girlfriend."
Read the complete story at:
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Friday, January 15, 2016
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Meanwhile, six people were being arrested for DUI in Nashville. They were on our roads endangering our lives. They were selfish people more interested in their pleasure than your safety.
Three of the six arrested were driving after consuming drugs. The drugs involved were:
Marijuana and black tar Heroin,
Three other people were drinking alcohol. One refused testing. Another had a .09 b.a.c. and the third a .22.
Two were in crashes.
Two were female.
The DUI population on Monday is consistent with what we have been seeing statistically over the last year:
50-60 of our lab tests stop after defining alcohol as the culprit.
The other cases show the most common drugs identified include alprazolam and marijuana.
Heroin and suboxone are on the rise as impairing drugs effecting driving.
Read more about these drugs in our latest edition of the DUI NEWS at: http://dui.tndagc.org
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Monday, January 11, 2016
Soddy Daisy man indicted for vehicular homicide: Stephens is facing 10 criminal charges
Friday, January 8, 2016
Also injured in the crash was 32 year old Michael Anderson of Summer Shade, Kentucky. The two men had been to an Eric Church concert at Bridgestone Arena.
The encore sung by Church was "A Man Who was Gonna Die Young".
The final verses:
And a cloud of smoke, foot stuck to the pedal
Sold for parts like a junkyard rusted-out Chevy
What the hell made you wanna love
A man who was gonna die young?
Just thought by now I'd be pushing up daisies
But I'd gladly stick around if we're together
So baby when you bow your head tonight,
Could you tell the Lord I've changed my mind
And with you I'd like to live forever
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Ateah M. Williams, 31, is charged with leaving the scene of a collision involving death (a felony), attempted aggravated child neglect (a felony) for admittedly driving medicated with her eight-year-old daughter in the vehicle, driving on a revoked license (a misdemeanor), failure to render aid (a misdemeanor), and failure to report the collision (a misdemeanor). The investigation is continuing. A vehicular homicide prosecution remains possible.
Williams is accused of striking Drake, 52, with her Saturn Vue SUV as he walked in the grass alongside Nesbitt Lane at 5 p.m. Friday. Williams called police Saturday morning to say that she believed she was the person being sought in the hit & run. During an interview, Williams claimed to have blacked out while driving. She admitted to taking medication that makes her drowsy.
Read about this tragedy at: