THP says Mount Carmel detective at fault in wreck

Jeff Bobo • Jul 16, 2018 at 5:30 PM

MOUNT CARMEL — The Tennessee Highway Patrol determined that Mount Carmel Police Department Detective Cody Bussell was at fault in a two-vehicle accident that occurred Sunday morning on Main Street as Bussell attempted to catch up to a speeder.

No injuries were reported, and no citations were issued, but the MCPD vehicle, a 2013 Ford Explorer, and the civilian vehicle, a GMC Yukon Denali, reportedly received damage.

MCPD Chief Grady White told the Times News that no disciplinary action had been taken as of Monday, but the accident is being reviewed.

Shortly before noon Sunday, Bussell was westbound on Main Street in the downtown area attempting to catch up to a speeder in the vicinity of Eastman Credit Union when the accident occurred.

"The evidence at the scene and what the detective said was they were both traveling westbound when the civilian's SUV kind of swung wide into the oncoming traffic lane and then turned into the parking lot of the Eastman Credit Union,” White said. “My officer said when he saw the SUV pulling over into the opposing lane, he (Bussell) thought he (the civilian) was allowing him (Bussell) to pass. Instead he, (the civilian) made the turn into the parking lot, and they collided as he was turning."

White added, "The trooper did advise my detective that it was his fault."

White said the MCPD vehicle is still driveable but probably received $6,000 to $8,000 worth of damage. He said the civilian vehicle suffered several thousand dollars worth of damage as well, and those costs will be covered by insurance.

The speeder got away, White added.

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