Rash of DUIs reported
Six men were arrested in separate incidents Friday for driving under the influence in Morristown and Hamblen County.
Around 3:10 a.m., Freddy Herberto Contreras, 24, of Reese Street, was charged with his first offense for DUI, as well as improper start, driving on a revoked license, no insurance and having an open container.
Morristown Police Department officer David Klein stopped Contreras’ vehicle after he said he saw it driving erratically on North Liberty Hill Road.
Klein said two open beers were found in Contreras’ vehicle and the driver smelled strongly of alcohol, had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. After reportedly failing field sobriety tests Contreras was taken into custody and booked into the Hamblen County Jail on a $2,000 bond.
Several hours later, around 1:43 p.m., Juan Antonio Mez-Jimenez, 29, of Arnold Avenue, was booked into the Hamblen County Jail on a $6,000 bond after being charged with his first DUI, running a red light, no driver’s license and having an open container.
MPD Sgt. John Fassler stopped Jimenez’s silver Mazda after he said the vehicle did not stop for a red light at Liberty Hill Road and Morningside Drive.
Jimenez reportedly had an odor of alcohol and failed field sobriety tests. He was taken into custody after blowing a .268 BAC.
Around 5:48 p.m., officers were dispatched to a wreck on South Liberty Hill Road in which Nickolas Tyler Holcombe, 22, of North Liberty Hill Road, reportedly rear-ended a vehicle that was stopped at a red-light at the intersection of East Morris Boulevard.
MPD officer Diana Morgan said Holcombe was slow to answer questions and had slurred speech.
Holcombe allegedly admitted to taking Suboxone and klonopin and failed field sobriety tests.
Hamblen County Patrol Deputy Joshua Sipe was dispatched to reports of a possibly intoxicated driver at Weigels on North Davy Crockett Parkway around 7:03 p.m. to find Thomas Michael Lindsey, 40, of Main Street, White Pine, getting out of his vehicle at a gas pump.
Sipe said when Lindsey got of out his green Ford Explorer; it rolled back and almost struck Sipe.
Sipe said Lindsey was also staggering, smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. Lindsey was taken into custody and booked into the Hamblen County Jail on a $7,500 bond after being charged with his 2nd DUI, 5th offense for driving on a revoked license, no insurance and having an open container.
At 9:16 p.m., MPD officer Diana Morgan was dispatched to another wreck on Jefferson Street in which Angel Cabrera Gregorio, 30, apparently fell out of his car while he was backing it out of his drive way and was run over. Gregorio reportedly only suffered minor injuries.
However, his vehicle continued rolling, crossed the street and struck a neighbor’s car parked in a driveway.
Morgan said Gregorio smelled strongly of alcohol, had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet.
After blowing a .149 BAC, he was booked into the Hamblen Count Jail on a $4,000 bond and charged with his first DUI, no driver’s license, child endangerment and not having insurance.
William Edward Turley, 30, North Hill Street, was charged with DUI, not having insurance and improper lane use when he was taken into custody around 10:55 p.m. on Montrose Avenue by MPD officers Tim Adkins and Rocky White.
The two officers were dispatched to a possibly intoxicated driver at a South Cumberland gas station to find Turley’s vehicle leaving.
When Turley’s blue Ford Explorer reportedly travelled into the opposite lane of traffic the officers stopped it and found Turley to have “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.”
Turley was booked into the Hamblen County Jail on a $3,000 bond after blowing a .279 BAC, and allegedly failing field sobriety tests.
-By Aletheia Davidson, Tribune Staff Writer