Wrong way driver


A Chapmansboro man has been arrested and is facing 12 counts – including evading arrest after leaving the scene of a hit-and-run crash — on I-24 last week.

On Friday, June 7, the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to an injury crash on I-24 near mile marker 18. Also, there was a report of a vehicle leaving the scene and heading eastbound in the westbound lanes of the interstate.

The state trooper reported making contact with a white Pontiac with front end damage near mile marker 18.

The trooper said the car was traveling 60-70 mph on the shoulder of the interstate in the opposite direction of travel, causing crashes along the route.

The trooper pursued the car and observed several cars off the road, debris scattered around and a male in blue jeans and a white T-shirt running towards the woods.

Another trooper arrived and spotted the suspect leaving the woods and held him at gunpoint.

The report said the suspect, Patrick Martin, 54, of Chapmansboro was very unsteady, with slurred speech and seemed very confused. Martin was transported to NorthCrest Medical Center and continued to answer questions.

Officials said Martin’s license had been revoked following a 2018 DUI conviction in Cheatham County. Martin was arrested and transported to the Robertson County Detention Center.

He faces five counts of reckless endangerment, failure to give immediate notice on an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, due care, evading arrest, driving on a revoked/suspended license, driving under the influence - second offense and also evading arrest.

Martin’s bond was set at $77,000.

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