|HPD motorcycle officer injured in wreck|
|Tuesday, June 5, 2012|
A Bethpage man could be charged with his 12th DUI after being involved in a wreck in Hendersonville Monday that injured a Hendersonville police officer.
Eddie McNeese, age 53, of Hawkins Branch Road in Bethpage, admitted to THP Trooper Jason Flatt that he takes Loritab pills but claimed he last took one about 14 hours before the wreck, which occurred around 6 pm, according to an affidavit filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court.
McNeese was traveling on West Main Street and turned left in front of on-coming traffic, and Hendersonville motorcycle police officer Jonathan Leckner, who lives in Gallatin, was unable avoid the 1989 Ford Ranger driven by McNeese, striking the passenger side door.
Leckner was released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center early Tuesday morning, according to the Hendersonville Police Department.
District Attorney General Ray Whitley said Tuesday his office is awaiting the results of a blood alcohol test determine whether or not McNeese is charged with his 12th DUI.
Flatt wrote in the affidavit McNeese had constricted pupils, had “very slurred and slow speech,” and failed field sobriety tasks.
For now, McNeese is charged with vehicular assault and implied consent and was held in the Sumner County Jail on $225,000 bond.
He is scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court June 26.
By Josh Nelson