Hawkins man arrested after allegedly claiming car was stolen

Jeff Bobo • May 28, 2013 at 10:50 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who allegedly told police his wrecked vehicle had been stolen an hour earlier had his story blown by his wife, who told police he’d gone on a beer run.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeremy Nash was dispatched to a vehicular accident on Slate Hill Road near the Berry Drive intersection in Moorseburg.

En route to the accident scene, Nash reportedly met Denver Clayton Collins, 34, 258 Choptack Road, Lot 8, Rogersville, walking along Berry Drive toward Highway 11-W.

Collins allegedly stated he was looking for his vehicle, a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe.

“(Collins) also stated his vehicle had been stolen from the residence about an hour earlier,” Nash stated in his report.

“When asked why he didn’t report the vehicle as being stolen, he stated he thought he could find it and save us the trouble,” according to the report.

Nash stated the Collins’ wife, Serena Collins, stated that her husband and another man left their residence about an hour earlier “to go get more beer.”

Mrs. Collins stated she didn’t know where they were or what had happened, but she didn’t know anything about the vehicle being stolen.

Denver Collins allegedly admitted to drinking alcohol earlier in the day, and after submitting to field sobriety tests he was arrested and charged with DUI, filing a false report, failure to exercise due care and no insurance.

As of Tuesday, Collins remained held in the Hawkins County jail and was scheduled for arraignment Wednesday.

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