Dad charged with child endangerment after alleged DUI crash with 23-month-old

Jeff Bobo • Nov 13, 2019 at 11:30 AM

CHURCH HILL — There were no injuries in an early morning two-car crash Saturday in Church Hill, but one of the drivers who had his 23-month-old child in the car allegedly admitted to drinking beer and vodka and smoking marijuana.

Shortly after midnight Saturday, Church Hill Police Department Officer Chad Gillenwater responded to a two-vehicle accident without injuries at the intersection of Highway 11-W and North Central Avenue.

Gillenwater identified the driver at fault as Jason Allen Rose, who Gillenwater reportedly observed to appear “extremely intoxicated” and “smelling strongly of alcohol.”

“Mr. Rose swayed and staggered while standing, as well as appearing somewhat confused while having slow, slurred speech,” Gillenwater stated in his report. “Mr. Rose also displayed significant mood swings, during which he would fluctuate from being cooperative to cursing at officers.”

Rose allegedly admitted he had consumed approximately one six pack of beer and a few shots of vodka, as well as smoked some marijuana prior to the crash.

He also voluntarily handed over a bag to police containing a small amount of marijuana that had been in his pants pocket.

Rose reportedly performed poorly on two field sobriety tests and was unable to attempt a third.

Rose was charged with DUI second offense, child endangerment and simple possession of marijuana. He was held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond pending arraignment Wednesday in Sessions Court.

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