Man Found Surrounded By Dogs Has Charges To Chew On

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A Murfreesboro man found Tuesday night on Seals Hollow Road following a traffic accident is facing a variety of charges.

Michael Shane Hoover, 917 Trailstar Court, Murfreesboro, was charged with DUI 3rd offense, driving on a revoked license 1st offense, and violation of the financial responsibility law on March 15 by Cannon County Sheriff’s Deputy Lawrence Avera.

Deputy Avera was dispatched to to Seals Hollow Road at approximately 9:30 p.m. on a report of a one vehicle accident. Upon arrival he was advised by emergency personnel that no one was in or around the vehicle. The vehicle had driven off the roadway and into a small creek and the front tires were buried in mud. The deputy observed two 24 ounce cans of Bud Ice on the passenger floorboard. The keys were not in the ignition.

Deputy Avera ran the vehicle’s tag number to obtain the name of the owner. It was registered to Michael and Vivian Hoover. At this point Deputy Avera was advised by a volunteer emergency worker that a man who appeared to be intoxicated was walking down the roadway a few tenths of a mile away. He patrolled down the road and found a white male lying on the creek embankment, surrounded by dogs.

Deputy Avera made contact with the individual. He had a laceration and knot on his forehead. He was having trouble getting back up the creek bank and required assistance. He was very unsteady on his feet and smelled strongly of alcohol, had red watery eyes, and slurred speech. He stated he was Michael Shane Hoover and had identification with him.

Hoover said he was just sitting at the creek with his dogs. He then said he wanted to tell the truth and admitted he was operating the vehicle and wrecked it in the creek. He said he was the only person in the vehicle and had been drinking prior to the accident. He said he had had four beers in the previous four hours. He said his license had been revoked for DUI.

Hoover said he did not want treatment at the hospital. Deputy Avera took him back to the scene of the accident and he was evaluated EMS. EMS bandaged his head and he signed a refusal to go to the hospital. He also signed a blood alcohol consent form. Hoover’s vehicle was towed to the sheriff’s department to be held on a forfeiture warrant. He was taken to the hospital for a blood test and then taken to the Cannon County Jail for booking. Initial court date was set for April 5.

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March 17, 2011 at 9:43am
Were these his dogs or were they strays?
March 17, 2011 at 9:46am
The deputy's incident report does not indicate that information.
March 17, 2011 at 3:20pm
I have been advised one of the dogs belonged to Mr. Hoover. Deputy Avera contacted a friend of Mr. Hoover to come and pick up that dog. The rest were strays.
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