UCHRA vehicle overturns on Old Kentucky Road
Posted By Sparta Live | January 31, 2013 12:00 am
At approximately 6 p.m. on Jan. 25, the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to a crash scene on Old Kentucky Road, in White County, involving an Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency vehicle that had overturned.
According to Sgt. Jimmy Jones, of Tennessee Highway Patrol, a UCHRA van driven by Teresa Hutchings, 43, of Sparta, ran off the road and overturned, landing on its roof.
Responding Trooper Jeremy Newcome noted that Hutchings allegedly had an odor of alcohol on her person and breath. Hutchings reportedly told Newcome that she had been drinking before getting behind the wheel but had not had anything to drink while driving.
Trooper Newcome also stated there was a six-pack of beer in the vehicle, but none of the alcohol was open. Hutchings reportedly told officers she had bought the beer just prior to the crash.
Another area news source had alleged there was an open container in the vehicle. However, Sgt. Jones emphatically denied that officers found an open container in the vehicle, stating that when Trooper Newcome arrived at the scene, only the unopened six-pack was in the vehicle.
Hutchings reportedly told officers another vehicle had run her off the road, but Trooper Newcome reported there was no sign of another vehicle, nor any witnesses to give a statement of what caused Hutchings to leave the road.
Sgt. Jones said Trooper Newcome issued a field sobriety test, which Hutchings passed. Therefore, no citation was issued.
Trooper Newcome said he reported the crash to UCHRA, who reportedly told him Hutchings’ employment would be terminated. However, Hutchings reportedly resigned before her employment was terminated.
According to the trooper, Hutchings was uninjured in the crash and was wearing her seatbelt.