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Kingsport motorist who was driving 20 mph on I-26 tells police, 'I'm drunk. Do what you gotta do.'

March 10th, 2010 12:00 am by Rain Smith

Kingsport motorist who was driving 20 mph on I-26 tells police, 'I'm drunk. Do what you gotta do.'

Tommy W. Slaughter

A Kingsport man was arrested on his tenth offense of DUI on Tuesday after allegedly driving 20 mph on I-26, weaving from lane to lane.


When asked how much he had to drink, the man reportedly told police, "Too much. I'm drunk. Do what you gotta do."


An incident report from Kingsport police says central dispatch received a call from a motorist at 9:35 p.m. The caller, who was near the Rock Springs exit of I-26, reported a possible westbound drunk driver who was "running off the roadway."


Police responded to the area and easily spotted the vehicle, a 1989 Ford Bronco, as it was traveling and estimated 20 to 25 mph.


"The vehicle crossed over the solid yellow line, nearly running into the median," reads the officer's report. "The vehicle then traveled across the dotted fog lines."


When the officer initiated a stop, the driver weaved from the outside lane of traffic into the emergency lane and continued on, "for a short distance," according to the report. It stopped near the Lynn Garden Drive exit of I-26.


Police made contact with the driver and asked him to exit the vehicle.


"The driver did not put the vehicle in park and the vehicle began rolling back," reads the officer's report. "The vehicle was then immediately put into park."


The driver, identified as Tommy W. Slaughter, 57, of 319 Dean Road, Kingsport, allegedly smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet.


The report says that when asked how much he had to drink, Slaughter responded, "Too much. I'm drunk. Do what you gotta do."


Slaughter also reportedly thought he was in Virginia. When asked to take sobriety, breath or blood tests, he repeatedly answered, "I'm drunk."


Slaughter was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, his tenth offense. A check of his license revealed it was revoked as a habitual motor offender.


Slaughter was also charged with being a habitual motor offender and violation of implied consent.

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