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Mt. Juliet woman arrested following collision with Sheriff's deputy

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A 23-year-old Mt. Juliet woman faces multiple charges following a near head-on collision with a Wilson County Sheriff's deputy Monday morning.

According to the Wilson County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Brian Hudgens, 45, was traveling westbound on Central Pike near Mt. Juliet when a Honda Civic driven by Haley M. Bell allegedly crossed into Hudgens' lane as the deputy topped a hill.

"(Hudgens) swerved as far as possible to avoid the collision but hit a ditch and a tree before (Bell's) vehicle slammed into his patrol car," a statement issued by the sheriff's office read.

Hudgens sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from University Medical Center.

Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said Bell, whose car was disabled as a result of the crash, fled the scene on foot before getting a ride to Providence. She then got another ride to Old Hickory Boulevard, where officers found her "wandering" in a parking lot.

Bell, whom officers suspect may have been driving while impaired, was booked into the county jail Monday afternoon after being taken to the hospital. She faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident and drug possession and is being held on $8,000 bond.

According to intake records at the Wilson County Jail, Bell has had run-ins with local law enforcement on previous occasions dating back to February 2011.

"We are thankful Officer Hudgens did not incur more serious injuries considering the seriousness of this accident," Bryan said.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the accident along with the Wilson County Sheriff's Office.

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