Road workers leap out of drunk driver's way

Friday, December 14, 2012

A road construction worker told police an intoxicated driver came within a foot of running over him at a Madison Street site Wednesday.

Arriving officers found a concrete saw, 2x4 piece of lumber and shovel wedged under a car driven by Patty Elaine Whitaker, 47, of Tullahoma. The car was inside a roped-off construction area at the Learning Way intersection, police said.

A second worker said he also had to dive out of Whitaker's way, according to officer Brock Horner's report.

Whitaker told police she had just "veered off" the roadway and expected to be taken to jail. Two empty bottles of vodka and another that was slightly more than half-empty were found in her car. She admitted drinking earlier in the day, Horner's report said.

She was charged with DUI, reckless endangerment and, for refusing field sobriety tests, violation of the implied consent law. Whitaker was being held on $10,000 bond Thursday.

Home entered

A large array of items including a laptop computer, digital camera, Nintendo Wii game system, jewelry and coins were stolen from a Templeton Street home between 3-10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The residents think entry was gained through an unlocked bathroom window, police say.

A neighbor told police she heard a door slam at the home about 10 p.m. but assumed it was the residents.

Drug charge

An allegedly-speeding driver's claim he had no drugs in his vehicle didn't stand up to the senses of smell of a police officer and trained dog.

Drug dog Rina alerted to the center console of a vehicle driven by Robert Michael Holmes, 21, of Barton Drive in Normandy. Officers said they found a smoking pipe with "green burnt substance" inside.

Holmes was stopped for driving 44 mph in a 30 mph zone Wednesday on North Main Street.

Officer Cody Swift said in his report he smelled marijuana in the vehicle. Barton allegedly denied the presence of drugs and refused permission for a search.

Rena and handler Officer Tracey Nelson were called at that point and a search began after the dog "hit" on the outside of the vehicle.

Holmes was charged with simple possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding, He posted $500 bond.

Jail intake

The following were arrested since Tuesday by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts.

* Kalvin Eugene Bailey, 46, King Arthur Trailer Court; theft of property; released, $500 bond

* Ariel Dawn Bohanan, 19, Carter Street; no driver's license, running stop sign; released, $250 bond

* John Wesley Couch, 51, Belvidere; theft involving merchandise; held, $500 bond

* Nicholas Dewayne Ferrell, 33, Tullahoma; violation of probation; summons delivered

* Robert Michael Holmes, 21, Barton Drive, Normandy; speeding, simple possession, possession of drug paraphernalia; released, $500 bond

* Justin Michael Hosmer, 23, White Street; domestic assault; held, $10,000 bond

* Julie Michelle Keys, 32, Cowan Avenue; check law (seven counts); released, $1,000 bond

* Emily Ann Mullins, 29, McDale Lane; possession of schedule II drug, bondsman surrender, violation of probation; released, $13,500 bond

* Brittany Michelle Prince, 21, Lebanon; driving on suspended license, speeding; released, $500 bond

* Ricky Rutledge, 56, Baker Street; possession/sale of schedule III drug; released, $1,000 bond

* Herman Wilson Sims Jr., 49, King Arthur Trailer Court; theft of property; released, $3,000 bond

* Nikita Nicole Swanson, 23, West End Circle; theft involving merchandise; released, $1,500 bond

* Cameron Lee Tipton, 29, Anderton Road; violation of probation; released, $2,500 bond

* Tyrone Leroy Watts, 43, Tullahoma; filing false report; released, $10,000 bond

* Patty Elaine Whitaker, 47, Tullahoma; DUI, reckless endangerment, implied consent; held, $10,000 bond