Wrong-way driver arrested after crash on I-24 in Middle Tennessee


LA VERGNE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A man accused of driving the wrong way on Interstate 24 from Nashville to Rutherford County was taken into custody Tuesday morning after his car caught fire.

Spencer Rhodes (Courtesy: Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office)

La Vergne Police Chief Mike Walker told News 2 the driver reportedly got on I-24 West in Nashville around 3 a.m., driving east and side-swiping a car at the I-40 split.

Chief Walker said the man, identified as Mt. Juliet resident Spencer Rhodes, was driving only on rims when the car caught fire near the Waldron Road exit in La Vergne.

Dispatchers with Tennessee Highway Patrol said the 24-year-old drove the wrong way on I-24 for as many as 12 miles.

Rhodes has been arrested, Walker said. He is charged with DUI, felony reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

Several westbound lanes of I-24 near the scene were closed until about 5 a.m.

Rhodes has been released from custody after posting bond.

The scene was cleared at around 5 a.m.

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