Highway 70 was shut down for hours last Friday morning June 14th, after Kingston Springs resident Joe Townsend flipped his truck and took out power poles at the corner of Highway 70 and Craggie Hope Rd.
The crash followed reports that 33 year old Townsend was allegedly driving erratically, doing “burnouts”, and clipped a retaining wall at the McDonalds Restaurant in White Bluff, at approximately 3:30 a.m.
White Bluff Police were called and pursued, but Townsend did not stop and attempted a right hand turn onto Craggie Hope Road at a high rate of speed. He took out a power pole, AT & T box and rolled his flatbed truck several times before coming to rest upside down.
Kingston Springs, White Bluff and Ashland City Fire Departments responded, and after about an hour and lots of equipment managed to cut Townsend out of the crushed vehicle. He was LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt, where he was treated and later released with minor injuries.
Townsend faces charges of reckless driving, leaving the scene of a crash and failure to give immediate notice (for the damage done at McDonalds) by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. In Cheatham County he faces charges including driving under the influence, evading arrest, driving on a suspended license, open container law, no insurance and no seat belt.
On Sunday, June 16th Nicole O’Dell, age 19 allegedly backed her truck into another vehicle in the Sonic parking lot in Kingston Springs. She then “left the scene driving at a high rate of speed”, according to Kingston Springs Police Officer Jeremy Vaughan. Near the top of Merrylog Hill she wrecked, taking out a utility power pole. O’Dell was transported to the hospital and later released.
O’Dell admitted to drinking alcohol. Charges are pending.
Metro Drug Unit Chase
On Tuesday, June 18th at approximately 9a.m. the Metro Drug Interdiction Unit at McCrory Lane got into a pursuit with a gold Chevrolet Malibu. The chase proceeded down McCrory Lane, then up Old Charlotte next to Eddie’s Hardware and Market. Police lost the vehicle twice, and found it abandoned at Gourley Rd. and Old Charlotte behind a church. It was a rental car out of Texas. Nothing of interest was found in the abandoned vehicle.