JELLICO, TN (WLAF) – On July 13, Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Preston Mullins was driving on Main Street, Jellico when he saw a blue Hyundai driving recklessly. Mullins saw the vehicle make several sharp turns traveling across both lanes of travel back and forth before driving onto the sidewalk on the left side of the roadway. According to a report from the sheriff’s department, the Hyundai almost struck a utility pole when it jerked back onto the road and into the oncoming lane of traffic. The vehicle then passed the vehicle in front of it on a double yellow line. The blue car then proceeded into the oncoming lane almost colliding with an oncoming vehicle before jerking back into the correct lane of travel.
Mullins stopped the Hyundai and spoke with the driver who was allegedly shirtless, sweating profusely, acting in an excited demeanor and was unable to sit still in the vehicle. Mullins also noticed an odor of Marijuana coming from the car. When the driver was asked why he was driving recklessly, he replied that he was running out of gas and was trying to get the car home. During this time Mullins noticed the gas gauge was showing approximately three fourths full.
The driver of the 2006 Hyundai Tiburon, identified as Jordan Truth Hammond, was given a series of field sobriety tests on which he performed poorly. Mullins noticed Hammond had a green colorization to his tongue consistent with smoking Marijuana. Mullins asked Hammond if he had inhaled Marijuana prior to the stop and he allegedly stated that he had smoked Marijuana earlier in the night. He was then asked if he had taken any other kind of substances to which he replied he had snorted Methamphetamine the night prior. Hammond then told Mullins that he had found a bag of unknown substance lying on the sidewalk and had snorted it.
Hammond, 133 Brick Plant Drive, Newcomb is charged with failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, improper passing, driving under influence (DUI), violation implied consent law, failure to give signal and drivers to exercise due care. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/23/2021-6AM)