Reckless Clarksville driver on Wilma Rudolph Blvd charged for having .177 BAC

25-year-old Eric Hand was charged with driving under the influence after endangering other vehicles, swerving, and almost running off of Wilma Rudolph Blvd. A breath sample later revealed that Hand’s blood alcohol content was over twice the legal limit.

On May 22nd, Officer Weaver was dispatched to the intersection of Dunbar Cave Rd and Wilma Rudolph Blvd in response to an emergency call regarding a reckless driver. Laura York, the individual who placed the 911 call, informed law enforcement that she was behind a Toyota truck that was swerving along the road, nearly running into other vehicles, going below the posted speed limit and almost running off of Wilma Rudolph.

Eric Hand (MCSO)
Eric Hand (MCSO)

Officer Pequlgnot noticed the aforementioned truck shortly thereafter and conducted a traffic stop at 809 N 2nd St. Pequlgnot commanded the driver to exit the vehicle, to which he complied. The officer noted that upon departure of the truck, the driver, later identified as Eric Hand, was unsteady on his feet and had the scent of alcohol diffusing from his person.

Hand agreed to perform field sobriety tests to which he failed to successfully complete any that were given, per the affidavit. He was then taken into custody for driving under the influence and agreed to provide breath samples for testing. When arriving at Montgomery County Jail, Hand signed the Tennessee implied consent form and produced breath samples. The samples produced results of .177 and .180. The legal blood alcohol content limit in Tennessee is currently .08. The National Crime and Information Center revealed no previous DUI history for Hand.

Eric Hand was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. His bond was set at $500.

Blaine Kellar

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