JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – It was a real brush with the law when Michelle Phillips nearly struck two police officers early Sunday morning with her Chevy Cruze, according to a Jacksboro Police Department report.
Around 4 am on Sunday, Jacksboro Police Officer Allen Bumgardner was assisting Caryville Police Officer Tony Mahar with a traffic stop on the four lane near Jacksboro Middle School when the 43-year old Phillips failed to move her 2016 Chevy Cruze into the left lane. She almost struck Bumgardner and Mahar, Bumgardner’s report said.
The officers pulled Phillips over in La Follette not far from Doyle’s Tire Shop. Bumgardner noticed Phillips was allegedly unsteady on her feet when she stepped out of her car and asked her if she had taken any illegal narcotics or prescription medication. Phillips allegedly said “she had taken some Xanax.”
Phillips’ driver’s license was revoked for DUI (driving under the influence) with one prior driving on revoked charge according to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). After agreeing to perform a standardized field sobriety test, Phillips allegedly performed poorly.
Bumgardner discovered that Phillips had prior convictions for DUI. One was in 2013, and the most recent was in April. Phillips was placed under arrest and charged with DUI (3rd offense), driving on revoked (2nd offense), the move over law and violation of the implied consent law.
Phillips is free this morning on a $31,000 secured bond. She is due in general sessions court on January 26. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/24/2020-6AM)