Deputy arrested for DUI after crashing en route to homicide scene

Deputy arrested for DUI after crashing en route to homicide scene

FAYETTE COUNTY, TN (WMC) - Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested a Fayette County Sheriff's Office deputy on a DUI charge.

Jimmy Fitzgerald was on duty and en route to a homicide investigation in Somerville on May 25 when he crashed his cruiser into another vehicle on State Road 195 in Fayette County around 9 p.m. The crash caused the other vehicle to roll over and sent the driver to the hospital.

"My husband heard the thump, and he ran through and said there's been a wreck out here," neighbor Joan Reeves said.

Reeves lives across the street from where the crash happened. She said they came out and found her neighbor's truck upside down and her neighbor hanging by her seat belt.

"The only thing that saved her was the Lord and that ditch," Reeves said.

Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers smelled alcohol coming from Fitzgerald when they arrived on the scene. Fitzgerald admitted he consumed some alcohol before responding to the call.

Fitzgerald was also injured and had to go to the hospital. After doctors checked him out, investigators arrested him.

"I really think it was wrong, and I think he knew better," Reeves said. "It could've went a whole lot worse than it did."

Fitzgerald is out of jail on $1,500 bond and has been suspended without pay. He is charged with DUI, due care, no seat belt, violation of implied consent, reckless endangerment, and possession of a handgun while under the influence.

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