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Two injured in crash at bypass

By DAVID MELSON - dmelson@t-g.com
Posted 12/4/21

Another wreck occurred at the dangerous Fairfield Pike-Highway 437 Bypass at midday Thursday.

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Two injured in crash at bypass


Another wreck occurred at the dangerous Fairfield Pike-Highway 437 Bypass at midday Thursday. 

Police said Stephanie Short, 49, of Tullahoma was eastbound on the bypass in an Isuzu Rodeo and ran the stop sign at Fairfield Pike, striking a Nissan Armada driven by Kimberly Hilliard, 54, of Mapleview Drive. 

The impact caused the Hilliard vehicle to partially overturn on its passenger side. Short's vehicle glanced off a Ford Escape driven by John P. Sells, 29, of Murfreesboro, who was stopped at the intersection. 

Short and Reita Short, 68, of Tullahoma were taken to an area hospital for treatment. 

Sgt. Michael Taylor’s report said Stephanie Short denied running the stop sign but witness statements and on-scene evidence indicate otherwise. She was charged with failure to exercise due care and driving on a suspended license. 

  • One person was slightly injured Wednesday when a driver who said she turned around to give a bottle to her child struck a vehicle ahead of her in the rear, Shelbyville police said.

Lexy O. Greene, 23, of John Pickle Road was southbound on South Cannon Boulevard when she ran into a truck driven by Brian S. Metzler, 35, of Murfreesboro, then hit the side of a SUV driven by Nicholas K. Crosier, 40, of Tullahoma. 

Metzler told police he was suffering slight neck and head pain but refused treatment. 

DUI arrest 

An intoxicated driver was arrested when spotted by a police officer moments after allegedly striking a utility pole, a Shelbyville police report said. 

James Eric Thomas, 31, of Regent Drive was seen by Officer Dylan Farrar driving with no lights on Elm Street shortly after midnight Wednesday morning. The bumper was dragging the pavement and fluids were leaking, and Dylan said in his report it was obvious the Buick had been in a recent accident. 

Thomas allegedly floored the gas when blue-lighted and drove onto Ridgeway Avenue until the car began smoking and stopped running. Farrar pointed his service weapon at Thomas, who got onto his knees and raised his hands. 

Upon questioning, Thomas denied trying to elude Farrar. He said a friend had struck a pole in front of a North Cannon Boulevard store and left it at a Madison Street store for him to pick up. Thomas allegedly had no explanation for how the car got from one store to the other. 

Several alcoholic beverages were inside the car and Thomas told Farrar he’d had several margaritas during mid-afternoon and also took Xanax. 

Thomas failed field sobriety tests, Farrar said, and tested 0.06 on an intoximeter. He was charged with DUI, driving on a suspended license and was held on $6,000 bond. 

Vehicles stolen 

  • An argument started with a man being told to leave his ex-girlfriend’s home last Saturday and ended with him doing just that – in her truck.

A Bedford County deputy was told the man contacted her later at her Rabbit Branch Road residence and said he and the truck are in Florida. He allegedly told her he’s not bringing it back. The truck has been reported stolen. 

  • A 2000 Honda Accord was taken from a West Lane Street residence between last Saturday and Wednesday, police were told.

The investigative report said an ownership dispute is involved. 

Fence cut 

A second Bedford County Convenience Center has had a fence cut. 

The fence at the Tollgate location at Highway 82 South and Tollgate Road was reported as cut Wednesday to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. An attendant said nothing was noticed missing or otherwise damaged. 

Jail intake 

The following were charged since Wednesday by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, 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. 

  • Jamie Ross Boyce II, 25, Patton Drive; resisting arrest, possession of schedule II drug with intent to sell; released, $8,000 bond
  • Michael James Brown, 31, Readyville; violation of probation; held, $7,500 bond
  • Matthew Ray Clanton, 25, Ledgeview Drive; possession of schedule II drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while in possession of methamphetamine; held, $7,000 bond
  • Eric Ray Cox, 32, Davis Street; public intoxication; held, $1,500 bond
  • Joshua Michael Franklin, 37, Tate Avenue; probation revocation; released on recognizance
  • MilissaEvon Jackson, 56, Fayetteville; DUI, implied consent; held, $5,000 bond
  • Jeffrey Lamont Johnson, 46, Fairfield Pike; domestic assault; held, $2,500 bond
  • Christopher Michael Moore, 33, Fairfield Pike; failure to appear; summons issued
  • Seth Vaden Neese, 33, North Cannon Boulevard; simple possession, possession of drug without prescription (two counts), possession of drug paraphernalia; held, $4,000 bond
  • Tommy C. Parker, 53, West Lane Street; probation revocation; held, $2,500 bond
  • Christopher Shane Pittman, 21, Couch Lane; theft of property (motor vehicle), probation revocation; held, $8,000 bond
  • Clinton Edward Powell Jr., 27, Antioch; probation revocation; summons issued
  • James Eric Thomas, 31, Regent Drive; DUI, driving on suspended license, leaving scene of accident; held, $6,000 bond
  • Brian Thomas Walker, 39, Tullahoma; violation of probation; released on recognizance


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