Collision with tree leads to multiple charges

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Marshall County driver was arrested early Saturday afternoon on several charges, soon after his vehicle struck a tree on Kenny Nelson Road west of Chapel Hill.

In one of his affidavits of complaint against Matthew C. Eggleston, 27, of Lunns Store Road, Marshall County Sheriff's Deputy Lindsey Cook wrote, "He did strike a tree, causing damage to his vehicle. He then left the scene, continuing on to Chunn Road where his vehicle could not go any further."

In another affidavit of complaint, Cook wrote, Eggleston "admitted he was driving the vehicle when he wrecked. He admitted to drinking six to eight beers, he smelled strongly of alcohol, and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy. He also performed poorly on field sobriety tasks."

Cook's report says, "Prior to field sobriety tasks, Eggleston stated he was revoked for a previous DUI." When tested at the Marshall County Jail, Eggleston's intoximeter test "returned a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) level of .163. He also admitted he had no insurance coverage on his vehicle."

Eggleston's previous DUIs occurred in Marshall County in May 2005, and in Williamson County in August and September of 2007, according to the deputy's report.

Eggleston was charged with his fourth offence of DUI, a Class E Felony; driving on revoked (two priors pending); failure to give immediate notice of an accident; leaving the scene of accident; and violation of the state law requiring drivers to have liability insurance.

His bond was set at $7,500 and he has a General Sessions court date of Oct. 28.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Logan filed the accident report.