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Driving on flat, chase nets DUI charge

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Lebanon Police arrested a Mt. Juliet woman and charged her with Driving Under the Influence after she allegedly led officers on a chase even though her vehicle had flat tires.

The incident occurred about 10:33 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, when Officer Bill Kennedy responded to a call on Highway 109 regarding a possible drunk driver operating a vehicle that had a flat tire.

A news release from the Lebanon Police Department said Kennedy arrived and saw a vehicle matching the description and that the driver was driving on a flat tire. Kennedy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver, the release said, continued to flee.

Officers pursued the vehicle for approximately 9.2 miles traveling Hwy. 109 northbound then Highway 70 eastbound with pursuit speeds reaching 45 mph. Officers deployed the stinger spike system three times causing additional tires to be flattened, but the driver reportedly continued to flee. Officers were finally able to take the suspect into custody on Noah Street.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Shelli Ann Wolfe, 41, of 618 Creek Front, Mt. Juliet. In addition to DUI, she was charged with Reckless Endangerment, Evading Arrest and Drug Paraphernalia.

Chief Scott Bowen noted that these situations are very dangerous and that the department was lucky that no one, including the involved officers, were injured.

It is so unfortunate when intoxicated people make the poor choice to get behind the wheel of a car and put innocent peoples lives in danger, he said.

Wolfe was released from the Wilson County Jail after posting bond of $7,000.


From Post staff reports

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