Police say Hawkins man high on meds drove through wheat field

Jeff Bobo • Apr 8, 2013 at 3:53 AM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man accused of crashing through a barbed wire fence early Monday morning and tearing up about 300 yards of wheat before his pickup died was allegedly high on medication.

Jordan Royce Pumphrey, 26, 103 Heritage Drive, Rogersville, was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges including DUI fourth offense and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shortly after midnight Monday morning Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Stacy Vaughan was dispatched to an accident on Carters Valley Road just west of Church Hill near the Fudges Chapel Road intersection.

Upon his arrival Vaughan was met by Chris Davis who owns the wheat field where the accident took place.

Davis reportedly stated that a vehicle, later identified as a 1990 F-250 Ford pickup, crashed through his barbed wire fence, traveled through his farm for about 300 yards, and eventually stopped in his wheat field.

Pumphrey was still sitting in the pickup when Vaughan arrived.

Vaughan said Pumphrey appeared to be intoxicated on medication. Pumphrey was unsteady on his feat, had slurred speech, and was unsure of the date or time, Vaughan added.

“I observed a single syringe laying in the passenger side floorboard of Jordan’s vehicle,” Vaughan said. “Jordan stated he ran off the roadway and was driving around in the wheat field trying to find a way out when his vehicle quit.”

Pumphrey allegedly failed three sobriety tests, and admitted he is prescribed suboxone and klonopin. He was previously convicted of DUI in 2003, 2006 and 2009.

Vaughan said a substantial amount of wheat crop was destroyed, but he didn’t have an estimate of the value.

The wheat was about a foot tall, and Davis refused to allow a rollback into the field to remove Pumphrey’s truck due to concern about more damage taking place. Vaughan said Davis was going to pull the truck out of his field with a tractor and place it where it could be easily accessed by a rollback.

As of Monday evening Pumphrey remained lodged in the Hawkins County Jail on $5,000 bond with a preliminary hearing set for June 19.

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