ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL/WATE) – The Tennessee Highway Patrol and Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office say a man has been arrested and charged with DUI after allegedly causing a crash while operating a riding lawn mower Thursday.
According to releases from the HCSO and THP, the driver of a lawnmower caused an accident in Hawkins County Thursday afternoon.
Wendall Hale was reportedly heading down the access road to Long John Silvers toward Highway 66 on a lawnmower with a trailer and passenger in tow.
Authorities said he attempted a sharp right turn that flipped the trailer, causing the female passenger in the trailer to fall out onto the road.
According to the report, the female passenger suffered a severe head injury.
Authorities said she was taken to a hospital and was last listed in stable but serious condition.
Hale jumped from the lawnmower while it was still in motion after the passenger fell out.
The lawnmower then hit a parked car.
Several open alcohol containers were found on the scene.
Authorities arrived and found Hale injured and unable to pass the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. THP also saying Hale had red, bloodshot and watery eyes and smelled strongly of alcohol during the tests.
Hale was arrested and taken to jail in Hawkins County.
He is being held with no bond and is scheduled to appear in court next week.
THP reminding people in a tweet that it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle, including that of a riding lawn mower, while under the influence.
Contrary to believe, you can not drive on a public road while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and you must have a valid license to drive a motorized vehicle, like a riding lawn mower… This happened today @THPFallBranch and driver charged with DUI and driving on revoked pic.twitter.com/c2AuxageUP — THPFallBranch (@THPFallBranch) May 30, 2019