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Rogersville woman in DUI crash with child in vehicle gets 32 days

Jeff Bobo • Feb 1, 2018 at 3:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County woman who flipped her vehicle last year while under the influence of multiple drugs including meth with an 8-year-old in the car was sentenced Wednesday to 32 days in jail.

On May 22, 2017, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Anthony Bull responded to a single-vehicle wreck on Beech Creek Road south of Rogersville.

Bull’s investigation determined that a vehicle driven by Vicky Charlene Dykes, 46, 4151 Beech Creek Road, Rogersville, had run off the right side of the road, re-entered the roadway, crossed the center line, then run off the left side of the road before overturning in a ditch.

“The area where the crash occurred was a straight section of the roadway,” Bull stated in his report. “Evidence from the crash scene showed that the vehicle was operating above the posted speed limit.”

The child in the vehicle wasn’t injured, but Dykes was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center, where she was treated for minor injuries.

A blood sample was taken while she was at the hospital. Bull said the results of a toxicology report showed she had multiple drugs, including meth, in her system at the time of the crash.

She wasn’t formally arrested in connection with the crash until Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Dykes pleaded guilty in Hawkins County Sessions Court to DUI, no insurance and seatbelt violation.

She had originally been charged with child endangerment and failure to exercise due care as well, but those charges were dismissed in lieu of the longer jail sentence.

Dykes must serve the 32 days in jail at 100 percent, she must perform 88 hours of community service, spend 11 months and 29 days on probation and pay $1,939 in fines and fees.

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