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HCSO: Both drivers in Hawkins head-on crash were DUI, in possession of meth

Jeff Bobo • Jan 28, 2020 at 6:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — Two Hawkins County men who both allegedly crossed the center line on Carters Valley Road late Saturday night and crashed into each other were both intoxicated, neither had insurance and both were in possession meth, according to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a report filed by Deputy Hunter Jones, shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday, Garrod Ivan Woods, 22, 127 Gray Lane, Church Hill, was driving a silver 2002 Pontiac on Carters Valley Road.

At the same, Jimmy Hurst, 68, 492 Morningstar Road, Church Hill, was driving a red 1996 Ford Ranger on Carters Valley Road in the opposite direction.

Jones stated in his report his investigation revealed that both vehicles failed to maintain their lane and struck each other in the center of the roadway near the Francisco Lane intersection just north of Church Hill.

A gun, meth and pills

Jones stated in his report that Hurst's pickup ended up in the middle of a field.

Upon speaking to Hurst, Jones reportedly detected “a faint odor of alcohol,” and although Hurst reportedly stated he had consumed a beer earlier in the day, Jones observed an open beer in the pickup within reach of the driver's seat.

After submitting to a field sobriety test, Hurst agreed to submit to a blood draw, and he was initially arrested for no insurance, failure to exercise due care, DUI and open container.

Upon conducting a search, however, Jones allegedly found a loaded 9mm Taurus handgun behind the driver's side door.

Hurst was also allegedly found to be in possession of a pill bottle containing 13 Buprenorphine pills, a small bag of marijuana, a pipe and a small bag of meth, which was discovered in the back seat after Hurst exited Jones' patrol car at Hawkins County EMS station 5 for a blood draw.

Hurst was additionally charged with possession of meth, driving wile in possession of meth, possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of marijuana, possession of a handgun while intoxicated and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was released from the Hawkins County Jail on Monday following his arraignment in Sessions Court.

Attempt to bring meth into jail

Upon being interviewed at the crash scene by Jones, Woods allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana prior to the crash.

Following a field sobriety test, Woods reportedly agreed to submit to a blood draw.

Woods was initially arrested for failure to exercise due care, DUI and no insurance.

While he was being booked into the Hawkins County Jail, Woods was searched by Cpl. Daniel Adkins, who allegedly located a small bag containing meth in Woods' possession.

Woods was additionally charged with introduction of narcotics into a penal institution, possession of meth and driving while in possession of meth. As of Monday afternoon, Woods remained held in the Hawkins County Jail.

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