Car veers across road, driver charged with DUI

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
A wrecker driver hooks to a 2004 Toyota that left the road Friday after its driver lost control.

At 3:30 p.m. Friday the Memorial Day weekend had not even officially started when Lewisburg Police were called to an accident just south of the junction of South Ellington Parkway and Cornersville Road.

A 2004 Toyota driven by Lloyd G. Cross Jr., 57, of Hunters Run, had been southbound when it veered to the right and then swerved back to the left, crossing the northbound lane and going off the road and across the front yard of 1221 Cornersville Highway. The car ended up in a clump of trees.

On arrival at the scene, the police report states that an empty pint bottle of peppermint schnapps was found in the car, along with a receipt for its purchase approximately an hour and 20 minutes earlier. Cross failed field sobriety tests and was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

On Saturday morning a car dodged a stopped vehicle on East Commerce, left the roadway and hit the end of the building at 1191 East Commerce that was formerly occupied by Annie's Restaurant. June Douglas, of Special Tees and More, which occupies the other end of the building, reported, "It is a mess!"

Douglas said that the vehicle took out the back door and part of the wall and destroyed a lot of restaurant equipment. Douglas estimated damages in the thousands of dollars, and there is clean up and rebuilding to be done before Special Tees and More can carry out their plan of expanding into that part of the building. No alcohol was involved in this incident and no one was injured.

In another incident, Tammy Sue Ross, 39, was arrested for driving under the influence, violation of the implied consent law, and was cited for leaving the scene of an accident after she hit a guardrail on Old Belfast Road in the early hours of Monday morning.