Driver charged with DUI after passing out at wheel

Jeff Bobo • Aug 19, 2008 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Jefferson City man who reportedly passed out in the Rogersville McDonald’s drive-through around midnight Sunday was later found on Route 113 south of Rogersville, where he apparently passed out again and ran off the road.

Travis Wayne Oelrich, 25, 218 Old Andrew Johnson Highway, Jefferson City, allegedly told police later at the hospital that he’d taken pills earlier in the evening.

Police were initially dispatched to the McDonald’s on Route 66 in Rogersville on a report of a man in a white station wagon who had “passed out” while waiting in line for his order.

According to a report filed by Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Don Mitchell, employees had awakened Oelrich, and he drove away.

Around 12:30 a.m. Monday, HCSO Cpl. Nathan Simpson was dispatched to an area of Route 113 near the Price’s Grove Road intersection on a complaint of tree limbs in the roadway creating a traffic hazard. Upon his arrival, Simpson found a white station wagon occupied by Oelrich over an embankment.

Oelrich was transported to Hawkins County Memorial Hospital, where Mitchell observed him to be “sleepy.”

“He had trouble answering any questions at all including where do you live,” Mitchell said. “His speech was slurred. I asked the attending doctor if he had been given any medication at the hospital, and he had not.”

It was at that point Oelrich allegedly admitted to taking an undetermined number of pills.

Oelrich was released from the hospital around 4:30 a.m. Monday, at which time he was charged with DUI. He is scheduled for arraignment in Hawkins County Sessions Court on Aug. 27.

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