Charges filed in incident involving patrol vehicle

By | November 6, 2017 6:23 am

Derrick Cox

Charges have been filed from a multi-vehicle collision involving a sheriff patrol vehicle, which resulted in multiple individuals being transported to Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital.

Recently, while emergency responders were on the scene of a single vehicle incident, on Old Kentucky Road, a multi-vehicle pile-up, which caused damage to a sheriff patrol vehicle, occurred and resulted in an investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. According to information from that investigation, multiple charges and citations have been issued.

On Oct. 27, 2017, at approximately 9:17 p.m., White County E-911 Communications Center was notified about a single-vehicle incident. Initial reports indicated that a vehicle left the roadway on Old Kentucky Road and crashed through a fence line into a field.

Cassville and NorthEnd volunteer firefighters responded to the incident, along with White County Sheriff Department and White County Emergency Medical Service.

Upon arrival, first responders found a Nissan Sentra had left the roadway and had run through a fence line. The vehicle came to a stop in a field near a creek. The driver of the vehicle was transported by White County Emergency Medical Service to Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital.

While emergency responders were on the scene, a portion of Old Kentucky Road near the scene was closed. A White County sheriff patrol vehicle was positioned on a hill blocking the road.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol investigative report filed by Trooper Kevin Ballew, a White County sheriff’s patrol unit was blocking the southbound lane of Old Kentucky Road. Parked in front of the deputy’s patrol vehicle was a 2016 Jeep Cherokee, driven by 42-year-old Angelia Chailcutt, of Walling. Chailcutt was reportedly waiting for the scene to be cleared and the roadway to be reopened.

While waiting for emergency responders to clear and reopen the roadway, a 1993 Ford Explorer, which was being driven by 37-year-old Derrick Cox, of Sparta, approached the stopped traffic. Cox’s vehicle reportedly struck Chailcutt’s vehicle, which caused both vehicles to be pushed into the sheriff deputy’s patrol vehicle.

The deputy was not inside the patrol vehicle at the time of the collision and was unharmed from the incident. Both Chailcutt and Cox were rendered aid on the scene and transported to Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital for further treatment.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol report, Cox was charged with driving under the influence-first offense, driving on a revoked license, possession of drugs, reckless driving, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

After being released from Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, Cox was then transported to the White County Justice Center for the previously mentioned charges.

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