How many beers? Hawkins County man tells police '12, 14, 24 or 48'

Jeff Bobo • May 7, 2013 at 10:11 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Rogersville man who told police Saturday he’d had as many as 48 beers to drink that day may have been exaggerating, but he did allegedly drink enough to earn charges including DUI fifth offense.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Shawn Williams was patrolling Route 66 south of Rogersville Saturday evening shortly before 7:30 p.m. when he reportedly noticed two vehicles stopped in the turn lane at the south end of the Hugh B. Day Bridge.

Williams asked the driver of the rear vehicle if there was a problem.

That driver indicated that the driver in front of him appeared to be asleep.

Williams then pulled beside the front vehicle driven by Andy Joshua Derrick, 36, 789 Mt. View Road, Rogersville.

“He asked what was wrong,” Williams said. “His speech was slurred and his eyes were almost shut. I advised him to pull into the parking lot of the Route 66 Tavern and Grill.”

When Derrick stepped out of the 1998 Ford Escort he was driving, he was allegedly unsteady on his feet and smelled strongly of alcohol, Williams said.

Williams added, “He advised me he had 12, 14, 24 or 48 beers to drink.”

Derrick reportedly performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was arrested. Aside from having four previous DUI convictions, Derrick was also found to have two previous convictions for driving on a revoked license.

Derrick refused to submit to a breathalyzer test at the jail.

He was charged with DUI 5th offense, driving on a revoked license 3rd offense, and violation of the implied consent law.

He was released from jail Sunday and appeared in Hawkins County Sessions Court Monday.

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