DUI first offense. Three charges of vehicular assault. Three charges of reckless endangerment by motor vehicle. One charge of open container.
That's what Billy Ray Carmack, 109 Bryson Court, Woodbury, faces following an investigation by Tennessee Highway Patrolman Gary Myers into an accident which took place on Short Mountain in early June of this year which left four people hospitalized, including Carmack.
According to THP, Billy Ray Carmack, 42, his son, Dewayne Carmack, 17, Jeffrey Nichols, 20, and Rick Menier, all from Woodbury, were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after the 1998 Chevrolet Lumina they were in crashed on a stretch of Blues Hill Road at approximately 4:30 p.m., Sunday, June 6. None of the four were wearing safety belts, according to Myers.
Both Carmacks and Nichols were transported to Vanderbilt by LifeFlight while Menier was initially taken to Stones River Hospital in Woodbury and later transported to Vanderbilt.
According to Trooper Myers, Billy Carmack was driving the vehicle, lost control and ran off the eastbound side of the road at a high speed. The vehicle crossed a ditch, went through an open field and hit an embankment before going in the air and eventually hitting a block garage.
Billy Carmack has had several brushes with the law lately. He pled guilty to a charge of public intoxication on Sept. 14 and spent 30 days in jail. He was also convicted recently for violating probation.
Bond for the June 6 incident was set at $43,500. He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Oct. 26 to answer the charges.