Speeding DUI suspect had small child in back seat

Jeff Bobo • Jan 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Kingsport woman was charged with reckless endangerment and DUI second offense Wednesday following a traffic stop for speeding with a 4-year-old in the back seat.

Around 4 p.m., Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Hunter Clay Jones reportedly observed a 2011 Chevy Silverado traveling 86 mph westbound on Highway 11-W in Church Hill.

Jones also reportedly observed the pickup being driven in an “erratic manner” and “crossing the fog line.”

After conducting a traffic stop at Kingsport Press Road, Jones spoke to the driver, Rachel Jean Eaves, 29, 1000 Stonegate Drive Apt. D2, who allegedly had “very watery eyes” and was “slurring her speech.”

There was also a 4-year-old boy in the back seat.

When Jones asked Eaves for her license, registration, and insurance, she stated that she didn’t have her license on her.

However, a computer check revealed that her license was revoked for failure to comply with financial responsibility and that she has a previous DUI in 2012.

When asked if she had taken any medication, Eaves allegedly stated that she had taken sleeping medicine that day.

Eaves reportedly performed poorly on field sobriety tests, during which time she was described as “unsteady on her feet” and having to lean on her pickup to keep her balance.

She then submitted to a blood test and was charged with DUI second offense, reckless endangerment, no insurance, driving on a revoked license, speeding and improper lane change.

As of Friday, Eaves remained held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set pending arraignment Monday.

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