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Catastrophic damage: Drunk pickup driver rear-ends Hamilton County deputy, sheriff says

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‘Catastrophic damage:’ Drunk pickup driver rear-ends Hamilton County deputy, sheriff says

A horrific collision involving law enforcement

In a shocking turn of events, a 42-year-old man has been arrested following an incident in which he rear-ended a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s patrol vehicle on I-24 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The incident, which took place late Thursday night, resulted in significant damage to both vehicles and minor injuries to the deputy.

Driving under the influence

Benjamin Cooksey, the driver of a Ford F-250 pickup truck, is now facing several charges, including driving under the influence (DUI), failed execution of due care, and possession of a firearm while under the influence. According to the sheriff’s office, the accident occurred just before midnight at Exit 184, where Deputy Chad Meyners was supervising road construction crews for safety.

The aftermath

The deputy’s vehicle was totaled, yet, despite being injured, Deputy Meyners ensured the safety of Cooksey, who claimed he was unharmed. The investigation led by the Tennessee Highway Patrol led to the arrest of Cooksey.

Response from law enforcement

Expressing relief that the officer was not more severely injured, Hamilton County Sheriff Austin Garrett highlighted the inherent risks law enforcement personnel cope with daily. “As I left the hospital last night checking on Deputy Meyners and after seeing the catastrophic damage to his patrol unit at the scene, I am extremely grateful he was not more seriously injured or killed,” Sheriff Garrett said.

Call to action

This tragic incident underscores the importance of Tennessee’s Move Over Law, which requires drivers to move over for vehicles parked on the sides of the roadway when flashers or emergency lights are activated. It further serves as a reminder for all vehicle operators to exercise due caution and care to avoid unnecessary accidents, particularly during busy holiday weekends.

Holding a stern view, Sheriff Garrett added, “As we begin the Memorial Day Weekend, please remember to slow down, drive responsibly and never get behind the wheel of any motor vehicle while under the influence. If you do, my deputies stand ready to remove you from our roadways.”

Continuing investigations

The incident remains under investigation, with charges against Cooksey pending. All information has been sourced from HERE News Network and all legal actions will ensue as authorities see fit to meet the requirements of justice.

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