Mt. Juliet Police Officer Stops Wrong-Way Driver Near Interstate 40

Posted in Aggressive Driving,Car Accident,Drunk Driving,Personal Injury,Tennessee Accident Law on May 18, 2015

Mt. Juliet Police Officer Stops Wrong-Way Driver Near Interstate 40

A Mt. Juliet police officer was able to stop a 59-year-old man who was driving under the influence and attempting to enter Interstate 40 East using an exit ramp.

According to a report by wsmv.com, the man was stopped around 11:05 p.m. Saturday evening when the police officer noticed a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix turn from Providence Way onto Interstate 40 East using the 226-C exit ramp.

By acting quickly after noticing the man heading in the wrong direction, the officer was able to stop the man’s vehicle before he left the exit ramp and entered the interstate heading west in the eastbound lanes.

After stopping the man’s vehicle, the officer spoke with the man and determined that he may have been driving under the influence. After a sobriety test, the officer concluded that the man was in fact intoxicated and he was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail on charges of driving under the influence.

The Mt. Juliet car accident lawyers at Matt Hardin Law appreciate the efforts of police throughout Middle Tennessee when it comes to getting dangerous and intoxicated drivers off the streets, highways, and interstates in this area.

How Can Police Stop Dangerous Drivers?

When police encounter a driver who poses a risk to themselves or other motorists, their first course of action is to attempt to make the driver pull their vehicle over to the side of the road. However, that’s not always effective. Whether the driver is heavily intoxicated or fleeing from a pursuit, police often have to resort to other tactics such as:

  • Roadblocks

Whether they use their own patrol car or more heavy-duty equipment, police may create roadblocks to prevent dangerous drivers from proceeding down a highway or interstate where they may be able to harm innocent victims. Roadblocks can block normal traffic for long periods of time but are highly effective in getting dangerous drivers off the road.

  • PIT maneuver

The precision immobilization technique, or PIT maneuver, is a tactic police use to stop dangerous drivers or drivers who are fleeing during a pursuit. Police drive parallel to the vehicle they want to stop and turn into it near the back tire, forcing it to spin out and lose forward momentum. This method often gives police enough time to fully disable the driver’s vehicle and apprehend the suspect.

  • DUI checkpoints

Another method that police use to catch dangerous drivers who may otherwise go unnoticed is DUI checkpoints. DUI checkpoints are often scheduled on major streets and highways and help police identify and apprehend drivers who get behind the wheel while intoxicated. These checkpoints also give police a chance to make sure drivers have proper identification, an up-to-date driver’s license, and proper registration and insurance.

Dangerous and intoxicated drivers are an unfortunate reality on roadways in Tennessee and throughout the nation. Thankfully, police are dedicated to helping protect innocent drivers and their passengers from being injured by reckless and negligent drivers by constantly patrolling streets, highways, and interstates in the Volunteer State to apprehend those who pose serious dangers to others.

If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, get in touch with the Mt. Juliet car accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law today. We have the resources, experience, and knowledge of the law that it takes to build a claim that will get you the results you need. Just dial (615) 200-1111 or fill out a free online form. You need money for your medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle repairs, and we’ll do everything we can to help you get it.