JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Shayne Wilburn was driving through the Wal-Mart parking lot area on Thursday, June 24 when he saw a pick-up truck that had been parked for a while with its headlights on.
He drove past the truck and noticed someone was in it and appeared to be sleeping. The deputy then pulled behind the vehicle where he was joined by fellow deputy, Jordan Huskey. As Wilburn was approaching the driver’s side door, he noticed a Busch Light box with empty beer cans and a 25/30 gallon cooler with multiple Busch Light, Ultra and Natural Light Beers inside of it in the back of the pick truck, according to a report from the Sherriff’s Department.
Wilburn made several attempts to speak to the driver, later identified as 21-year old Thomas Partin of La Follette, to wake him up by knocking on the window and even placing his right hand on his shoulder shaking him several times. When Partin would not respond, Wilburn put his arm through the window that was partially rolled down and unlocked the door. Deputy Wilburn made several unsuccessful attempts to wake him up, and Partin eventually woke up.
While Wilburn was speaking with Partin, he noticed an alleged strong odor of alcohol. He man was given a field sobriety test on which he performed poorly.
Thomas Mack Partin, 139 Regan Lane, LaFollette was charged with driving under the influence (DUI), driving while suspended. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/02/2021-6AM)