Crash shuts down part of Interstate 40

MT. JULIET – Police say a Mt. Juliet man driving while intoxicated on Interstate 40 crashed into an abandoned vehicle at the side of the road and flipped his truck several times Sunday. William Burks, 34, received non-critical injuries in the crash that happened around 6:15 p.m. west...
Oct 9, 2012
 Photo: Laurie Everett

Mt. Juliet police crash investigator Sgt. Glen Hamblen measures at the scene of a wreck Sunday night on Interstate 40.

MT. JULIET – Police say a Mt. Juliet man driving while intoxicated on Interstate 40 crashed into an abandoned vehicle at the side of the road and flipped his truck several times Sunday.

William Burks, 34, received non-critical injuries in the crash that happened around 6:15 p.m. westbound at the 227-mile marker.

According to Mt. Juliet Police Community Policing Director Tyler Chandler, Burks was charged with DUI, and faces his second conviction. He said a motorist who observed Burks driving erratically called police. 

Before officers were able to track him down, Burks lost control of his F-150 truck and slammed into a car parked on the side of the road. His truck flipped multiple times. MJPD officers closed the interstate’s westbound lanes so emergency crews could treat Burks before he was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Burks will appear before a Wilson County judge on Nov. 19 on the second-offense DUI charge.

According to Chandler, impaired driving and impaired-related crashes constitute one of the nation's leading health problems. These events result in more deaths each year than do total homicides. Alcohol is a factor in 35 percent of all crashes in the U.S. 

Mt. Juliet News Managing Editor Laurie Everett can be reached at 754-6397 or by email at mtjulietnews@tds.net

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