“There was a witness behind Mrs. Ruiz who said that the light was green and he just pulled out right in front of her,” Green said.
Lebanon Officer Robert Bates, who arrived after Green, said at the scene that the accident was DUI-related and while going through the cab of Morgan’s truck, produced a large, opened bottle of beer wrapped in a brown paper sack.
Bates said another witness allegedly saw Morgan get out of his truck and attempt to pour the contents of the bottle onto the street. Green said he administered a field sobriety test to Morgan when he arrived on the scene.
“I administered the field sobriety test and he performed poorly, and then we had blood drawn,” Green said.
Personnel from the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency arrived in an ambulance and drew blood from Morgan to test his blood alcohol level. Green took Morgan into custody and transported him to the Wilson County Jail.
Green indicated this was Morgan’s fourth DUI and added that he was charged with three other violations including having no proof of insurance, no vehicle registration and failure to yield.
Ruiz escaped the accident with “minor injuries,” Green said, adding she received abrasions on her arms from either her seatbelt or airbag, which deployed upon impact.
“Morgan said he didn’t know what had happened,” Green said, referring to his questioning of Morgan at the scene.
Morgan remained in custody at the jail as of press time Thursday afternoon on a bond of $4,750.
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