CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) – Of the three Monday morning wrecks on I-75 in Campbell County, the 5:30 am one was the only one involving LSD. The other two mishaps involved a tree falling into the windshield of an 18- wheeler and a car flipping on its top.
A man who told Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Preston Mullins he was traveling from Atlanta to his home at Benton Harbor, Michigan, wrecked at Mile Marker 133, a mile south of Caryville Exit 134, on the north bound side. The 2010 gray Chevy Equinox, with a Michigan tag, driven by Reginald Barry Banks, 66, drifted out of its lane and struck the median guide cable damaging the compact sport utility vehicle and setting off the air bags, according to Mullins.
Mullins alleged Banks was slouched over between the two front seats and pinned in the wreckage. He was able to help him exit the CUV through the passenger door soon noticing that Banks was allegedly slurring his speech and appeared confused. Banks refused medical care from the Campbell County EMS.
Discovered inside the Chevy were a glass smoking device with black residue, a set of digital scales, a false $100 bill of US currency and a cardboard box side with the lettering “Homeless and hopeful. Please help.” The sign led Mullins to believe Banks had been panhandling for money.
Banks is facing charges of failure to maintain lane, DUI (driving under the influence), violation of the implied consent law, possession of schedule I and II controlled substances, criminal simulation and possession of drug paraphernalia. Based on the arrest report, LSD, 40 hydrocodone pills and a counterfeit $100 bill were among the items in Banks’ Equinox.
In the meantime, Banks is housed in the Campbell County Jail without bond and will likely be arraigned on Tuesday.
Banks’ wreck slowed traffic on I-75. Officials had to temporarily close both north bound lanes so the CUV could be pulled out of the median and towed. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/06/2021-3:30PM-UPDATED 12/08/2021-3PM)