Hawkins woman arrested for DUI with two small children in vehicle

Jeff Bobo • Apr 22, 2019 at 6:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County woman was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment and DUI second offense after being stopped by police shortly before midnight Saturday with two small children in her vehicle.

Around 11:28 p.m. Saturday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Anthony Crosby received a BOLO (be on the lookout) for an impaired driver northbound from Bulls Gap on Route 66-S in a silver Chevy Trailblazer.

Upon locating the Trailblazer, Crosby reportedly observed it cross the center line and the fog line several times within three-quarters of a mile before he initiated a traffic stop near the North Fork Branch Road intersection.

Upon speaking to the driver, Tammy Sue Morrison, Crosby detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the inside of the vehicle.

Crosby stated in his report that he observed two sleeping children, ages 6 and 3, in the vehicle, as well as several empty Bud Light beer cans and one opened, partly consumed can.

Morrison, 49, 144 Lauren Drive, Rogersville, reportedly admitted to drinking alcohol earlier in the day but couldn't specify when or how much. Crosby said she also performed poorly on field sobriety tests.

Morrison was previously convicted of DUI in 2013. Aside from the DUI and reckless endangerment charges, Morrison was charged with an open alcohol container violation. She was released from the Hawkins County Jail on Sunday morning.

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