Blount County man arrested for DUI after backing into chief deputy's vehicle

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - A Blount County man was arrested for DUI during last Friday night's wintry weather after deputies say he backed into the chief deputy's SUV.

An incident report says on January 12 just before 10 p.m., deputies were called to Old Knoxville Highway near Defoe Circle where Chief Deputy Jeff French's SUV and a hold Honda minivan operated by William Moore had been involved in a crash.

French said he saw Moore at the intersection of Defoe Circle and E. Broadway Avenue. He said Moore than put his vehicle into reverse, went backwards, and hit French's vehicle.

The report says Moore smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and watery, glassy eyes. The report says he performed poorly on field sobriety tests. Moore told officers he had one 24-ounce beer about two hours earlier.

Moore also told officers he didn't know why he did what he did, saying that he had hit the sheriff's car, was "messed up," and was "coming down off of heroin."

Moore was charged with DUI and taken to the Blount County Detention Center.


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