An Anderson County Sheriff’s Department deputy and a prisoner were injured in a three-vehicle rear-end crash at Interstate 75 early Sunday, and a Clinton man is facing charges of driving under the influence and reckless driving, among other counts, authorities said.
The crash was reported at about 1 a.m. Sunday on North Charles G. Seivers Boulevard (Highway 61) at I-75.
Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Gregory Stanley, 49, of Knoxville, was transporting a prisoner for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, and he was stopped at the traffic light at the I-75 southbound exit ramp when he was struck in the rear by a driver reported to be intoxicated, ACSD Chief Deputy Mark Lucas said. TWRA had made an arrest on Norris Lake for domestic assault, and the Sheriff’s Department had responded to transport the person who had been arrested to the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton.
Stanley, the deputy, was stopped for the red light when his car was hit in the rear, Lucas said. Both Stanley and the prisoner, Eric Allen Rose, 25, of Powell, were taken to Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge by Anderson County EMS for non-life threatening injuries after the crash, Lucas said.
The driver who allegedly hit the ACSD patrol car and a third vehicle, Yoonsik Jung, 28, of Clinton, is facing charges of DUI, reckless driving, failure to use due care, and violation of the financial responsibility, traffic controlled device, and implied consent laws, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said in a preliminary crash report.
Besides Stanley’s patrol car, the THP report said Jung’s vehicle also hit a 2004 Lexus R330 driven by Catherine Coulter, 18, of Maryville. Like Stanley, Coulter was stopped at the red light, and both stationary vehicles were hit in the rear by Jung’s westbound vehicle, a 2014 Hyundai Sonata, which failed to stop, the THP said.
Jung was wearing a seat belt, and he was not injured, the report said. Coulter and her two 18-year-old passengers, Bryce Tuggle and Noah La Grand, both of Maryville, were also wearing seat belts and were not injured, the THP said.
The patrol car driven by Stanley was a total loss, Lucas said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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