Cannon County Sheriff's Office
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle auto accident Tuesday, March 7 on Auburntown Road. When they arrived two Emergency Medical Service and Auburntown Fire Department members were directing traffic due to the extreme foggy conditions.
Motorist Matthew Aaron Ridenour, driving a 1993 Chevy S-10 pickup, told officers he was following the guard rail on Auburntown Road because of the foggy conditions. When he hit a gap in the guardrail, Ridenour told officers he swerved over too far and ran off the right side of the roadway, colliding with a large rock. Ridenour was cited for financial responsibility following the accident.
A motorist alerted the Sheriff's Department about an apparently reckless driver on John Bragg Highway near Bradyville Highway.
The caller told officers the motorist was "all over the road" and was attempting to pass other vehicles while almost hitting cars in the opposite lane.
The motorist was stopped near Higgins Car Wash on West Main Street. Identified as Carl Dozier, the suspect got out his car and used the hood of his 1995 Chevy Blazer to support himself.
When asked why he was swering in out of his lane of traffic, Dozier told officers "the front end of his vehicle was out of alignment cause him to drift across the lines."
A check of Dozier's drivers license revealed it was revoked due to a prior DUI conviction.
Officers found a open 16-ounce can of Clubtails Sex on the Beach alcoholic beverage in the vehicle. Dozier told officers the open can was in the vehicle when he had bought it from someone in Murfreesboro earlier in the day.
After failing a series of field sobriety tests, Dozier was transported to the Cannon County Jail where he was charged with DUI, second offense, driving on a revoked license, open container and financial responsibility. Bond was set at $9,000 and a hearing was set for May 2 in General Sessions Court.
Georgette D. Gora was charged with DUI following a single-car collision without injury on Short Mountain Road.
Gora told officers she had dropped her cigarette and ran off the road. The car, a 2002 Saturn, appeared to strike a light pole. Bond was set at $1,500 and a hearing was set for May 2 in General Sessions Court.
Rodney W. Walker, 47, of McMinnville was cited for not having a valid motorcycle license following an accident on McMinnville Highway. Walker had wrecked his motorcycle on the way home from Murfreesboro.
George Mears was charged with DUI, a violation of the open container law and public intoxication after deputies received a call about a man passed out behind the wheel of a maroon truck.
Mears was discovered in a parking lot slumped over the steering wheel. Mears had a sandwich in his hand and the motor was running. His bond was set at $9.500 and a hearing is scheduled for May 2 in General Sessions Court.
Sara Elizabeth Bradley, violation of probation.
Valerie L. Smitty was charged with multiple offenses following her arrest by Patrolman Tommy Miller.
Smitty was charged with making a false report of being the victim of a robbery to Woodbury Police officers. She did, however, admit to smoking methamphetamine.
In addition, she was charged with simple possession of a Schedule VI drug (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia including four syringes, 3 straws and marijuana pipes.
Hearings were set for April 11 in General Sessions Court.
Elizabeth Nicole Pattie was charged with DUI, first offense, by Patrolman John House. A hearing was set for June 13 in General Sessions Court.
Driving on a Revoked
Christopher Allen Woodward was charged with driving on a revoked license by Patrolman John House. A hearing is set for April 11 in General Sessions Court.
Driving on a Suspended
Jeremy Thomas was charged with driving on a suspended license by Patrolman John House. A hearing is set for April 11 in General Sessions Court.
Damen Allen Collette was charged with public intoxication by Patrolman John House. A hearing is set for April 11 in General Sessions Court.