The driver of a vehicle in which two children were injured late Thursday night was charged with DUI and two counts of vehicular assault. Marquitta Lockett ran off East Depot Street at Locust Street and struck a utility pole around 10:45 p.m., a Shelbyville police report said.
The children in Lockett’s vehicle, one age 6 and the other listed only as a “juvenile,” were taken to a Nashville hospital by ground ambulance for “further evaluation” after initial local evaluation, police said. The 6-year-old was listed as having tooth and mouth injuries while no condition was listed for the other child, who was being “held by a bystander” when police arrived.
The report did not indicate the relation of the children to Lockett. No one at police headquarters Friday morning knew the relationship.
Lockett was also charged with driving without a license and two counts of vehicular assault. She was placed on a 6-hour hold due to the DUI charge with bond set at $17,000.
A man police found attempting to open a small safe in the roadway on East Lane Street was captured after allegedly trying to run from officers moments later, police said.
Matthew Banks Hardrick, 37, listed as “homeless” in Bedford County Jail records, told police he found the safe in a trash bin.
Hardrick allegedly began running when Officer Joseph Cleek tried to arrest him on two active warrants. Hardrick was charged with evading on foot and violation of probation and held on $3,000 bond.
A Pickle Road resident has been cited for allowing animals to roam at large following repeated cases of cattle roaming at large on the roadway, according to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Clyde Boyce, responding to a call from a citizen, found three cows in the roadway almost hit by a passing truck.
Two neighbors said the cattle were “almost daily” on their property, as well as on the roadway, due to fencing allegedly not being maintained.
“I myself have placed the cattle up numerous times not dispatched and spoken to Butch about the issue as well as them being under-fed and starving to death over the winter of 2020,” Boyce said in his report. A records check showed deputies had been dispatched to the area approximately 10 previous times.
The following were charged since Wednesday by the Shelbyville Police Department, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts.
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