A vehicle crashed on West Sudenny Road, LaFollette on Tuesday around 8 am, and Campbell County Sheriff’s Corporal Gary Jeffers responded to the call. Before Jeffers could get the scene, he was notified by dispatch that the driver had left the scene and appeared to be intoxicated. When he arrived, he found a black Mazda Miata registered to Pedro Hernandez over an embankment.
At this point, Jeffers called for Deputy Dusty Davis to go to Hernandez’s residence on Gladefield Drive, LaFollette to attempt to locate him, according to the report. Davis eventually located Hernandez at the house. Hernandez allegedly admitted to driving the vehicle, swerving to miss a deer and going over the embankment. Davis escorted Hernandez to Lonas Young Park to discuss the incident with Jeffers and find out where his vehicle was towed.
When Jeffers spoke with Hernandez, he allegedly admitted to swerving in attempt to miss a deer and going over the embankment. While Jeffers was speaking with him, he noticed he was unsteady on his feet and had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Hernandez allegedly admitted to drinking a six pack of beer and two mixed drinks earlier in the morning. He said he had stopped drinking around 4-5 am and had not consumed any more alcohol since he crashed his car, according to the report.
Hernandez was unable to successfully complete field sobriety tests. He agreed to a breath test and blew a .127.
Hernandez, 22, 151 Gladefield Drive, LaFollette is charged with driving under the influence (DUI), leaving scene of accident and violation TN financial law. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/19/2019-6AM)