Wrong Way Driver, Passenger Charged

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Two people are facing charges after their vehicle was spotted driving in the wrong lane of traffic on McMinnville Hwy. on Jan. 19.

Cannon County Sheriff’s Sgt. Randy Neal made contact with the vehicle and initiated his blue lights to make the stop near the 4000 block of McMinnville Hwy. Sgt. Neal was advised by Cannon County Dispatch that the vehicle had run a red light in Woodbury and had almost hit two other vehicles before he made contact with it.

Sgt. Neal spoke with the driver, Brents L. Molloy, 207 Westwood Dr., McMinnville, who stated he was trying to get his girlfriend, Chasity L. Hatfield, 1150 Doak Rd. A-3, Manchester, to the hospital.

Sgt. Neal asked Molloy what was wrong with Hatfield and he stated she was sick and throwing up. When asked why he did not stop at the Woodbury hospital, Molloy said he did not know there was one. When asked if he knew he had run a red light, Molloy said he had only been driving a few minutes.

Hatfield told Sgt. Neal she was sick and was just trying to get home.

Molloy stated he had not been drinking and had only taken his medication. When asked to exit his vehicle Molloy had to hold onto it so that he could walk to the back. When asked to perform the first of a series of field sobriety tests, Molloy almost fell down so Sgt. Neal stopped the test for Molloy’s safety and placed him under arrest for Driving Under The Influence.

Sgt. Neal returned to speak with Hatfield. When asked if she had had anything to drink Hatfield said she did not drink. Deputy Eric Moss had arrived at the scene. He asked Hatfield to perform a field sobriety task, which she was unable to perform. She was placed under arrest for Public Intoxication.

Molloy’s bond was set at $5,000. Hatfield’s was set at $1,000. Both are slated to make their initial court appearance Feb. 7.
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