CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) – A call of a possible drunk driver sent Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Phillips to Hwy 25W in Caryville.
Phillips was traveling east when he noticed a black Honda Civic matching the description of the car with a possible drunk driver. The Honda was heading in the opposite direction toward I-75 on Tue., Nov. 17.
The deputy saw the vehicle swerve over the center line hitting gravel and road debris, almost driving into the concrete median, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Department. He then saw the car veer into the right lane and drive over the fog line with all four tires. The vehicle was traveling on the shoulder of the road almost striking the guard rail before coming back into the lane of travel.
At this point, Phillips attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver of the vehicle ignored the lights and sirens. The vehicle continued to the southbound ramp of I-75. The vehicle drove about 400 feet on the interstate before coming to a stop.
When Phillips contacted the driver of the car, identified as Brenda Jassmin Medina, he told her the reason he stopped her was for failing to maintain lane. She allegedly told Phillips that she did not have a driver’s license, insurance or registration. During this time Phillips noticed the smell of alcoholic beverages and noticed her eyes were blood shot and glossy. After performing poorly on field sobriety tests, Medina was arrested.
Medina, 25, 412 South Avenue, LaFollette is charged with driving under influence (DUI), failure to maintain lane, no driver’s license, violation of TN financial law and violation registration law. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/27/2020-6AM)