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'Dad's driving scared him': Intoxicated Hawkins man let son, 13, drive him to liquor store

Jeff Bobo • Jan 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — An intoxicated Hawkins County man was charged with child endangerment Saturday night after he allegedly allowed his 13-year-old son to get behind the wheel while they were en route to the liquor store.

The boy reportedly told Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Corey Young that his father, Johnny Wayne Napier, 45, 841 Tuggle Hill Road, Rogersville, was initially driving.

“While on Tuggle Hill Road, his dad's driving scared him, so he told his dad to pull over so he could drive,” Young stated in his report. “(The boy) advised his dad told him to go to the liquor store.”

Shortly before midnight Saturday, a BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued for a white 2000 Cadillac that had just left a residence on Tuggle Hill Road driven by a “highly intoxicated male” with a child in the vehicle.

The traffic stop was conducted on Route 66-N at the Caney Creek Road intersection.

Young determined that Napier was wanted on a probation violation warrant that stemmed from an arrest in Hawkins County this past August for DUI.

Young described Napier as having a strong odor of alcohol, glossy eyes, slurred speech and he couldn't maintain his balance.

Aside from child endangerment, Napier was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and he was being held in the Hawkins County Jail pending his arraignment Monday in Sessions Court.

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