Deputies Chase Down Two Drivers
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Cannon County Sheriff’s deputies had to put the pedal to the metal to chase down two allegedly impaired drivers recently.

• Charles F. Luebbe, Jr., 99 E. Poplar Bluff Rd., Auburntown, was charged with DUI on Jan. 6 by Cannon County Sheriff’s Deputy Travis Turney following a traffic stop for speeding (82/55) on Hwy. 96.

Luebbe allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol about his person and performed field sobriety tests poorly.

He was unstable to the point that he nearly fell onto the pavement and Deputy Turney reported having to catch Luebbe with his hand to prevent him from injury himself during the tests.

A Rutherford County deputy assisted in the stop, which occurred near the Cannon/Rutherford county line.

Bond was set at $3,000. Initial court date is Feb. 7.

• Thomas Owens Potts, 206 Gresham Lane, Murfreesboro, was charged with Driving While Impaired on Jan. 7 by Cannon County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike “Doc” Smith.

It is alleged that Potts, while under the influence of an intoxicanting drug producing stimulating effects, almost hit vehicles on Hwy. 70 and Center Hill Rd., running them off the roadway.

Deputy Smith first observed Potts’ 1990 black Chevy S-10 on Short Mountain Rd. driving in both lanes of traffic and going off the roadway. He pulled Potts over on a traffic stop.

Potts said there was nothing wrong and that he was going to Murfreesboro. Cannon County Dispatch notified the deputy that Potts’ driver’s license was clear. Potts was allowed to go on his way and the deputy followed him to the Cannon County line going to McMinnville.

Approximately 40 minutes later Deputy Smith received a call advising that a black Chevy S-10 pickup was driving on Hwy. 70 heading toward Woodbury and was driving in a reckless manner.

The caller said the truck did a U-turn in the middle of the highway and also ran a white truck off the road into a ditch. The black truck turned onto Center Hill Rd. and back onto Short Mountain Rd.

Deputy Smith located the black S-10 pickup and found the driver staggering around in the parking lot of Smokey Ridge.

Deputy Brandon Gullett and Trooper Al Seitner arrived on scene. Field sobriety tests were administered and officers determined that Potts was unable to perform them satisfactorily. He was taken to Stones River Hospital to have blood drawn for content testing and then transported to the Cannon County Jail for booking.

Bond was set at $1,000. Initial court date is Feb. 7.

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