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Man nabbed in hit-and-run accident

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From Post staff reports
A Lebanon man was charged with his third DUI after a reported hit-and-run accident sent a woman to the hospital.

The incident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 2. Lebanon Police officers responded to the hit-and-run traffic accident on North Cumberland Street at the Dollar General Store. The victim, Amanda Vaden, 27, of Lebanon, told officers that her vehicle was struck by another vehicle that had left the scene. She was transported to University Medical Center by Wilson County Emergency Management Agency.

Based on the description given, the suspect vehicle was quickly spotted by responding officers. The driver was identified as William Lee Rawlings, 56, of Lebanon.

A news release from the Lebanon Police Department said that in plain view of the officer, a medication bottle containing Lortab was on the drivers seat. Mr. Rawlings advised he had taken the medication earlier. Mr. Rawlings submitted to field sobriety tests and exhibited signs of impairment. Lortab is commonly prescribed for pain.

A check of Rawlingss driving record revealed two prior Driving Under the Influence convictions, as well as three prior Driving on Revoked license charges. His most recent DUI conviction was in August 2011.

Rawlings was charged with Driving Under the Influence 3rd Offense, Driving on Revoked 4th Offense, Leaving the Scene with Injury, and Failure to Render Aid. He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions court on Feb. 7.

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