FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sergeant Charles J. Warner
Franklin PD Public Affairs
Franklin, TN – Yesterday afternoon at 12:30 officers were summoned to the area of Mallory Lane and South Springs Drive where the driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe had struck another vehicle and then fled the scene. A second call came in from a following witness who reported that the fleeing driver rear-ended a stopped semi on Perimeter Drive near Galleria Boulevard. When officers arrived, they found the driver, 35-year-old Mary Alice Neal of 212 Gardenridge Drive in Franklin, still behind the wheel of the car, and severely impaired. Neal’s 5-year-old child was restrained in the back seat and uninjured.
Neal was transported to the Williamson Medical Center where she remains hospitalized. Once released, Neal will be transported to the Williamson County Jail and charged with DUI, Failure to Report a Crash, and Leaving the Scene of a Crash. Neal is expected to be discharged this afternoon. Having a child in the vehicle at the time of a DUI arrest enhances sentencing to include a minimum of 30 days in jail and a $1,000 minimum fine if convicted.
According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, impaired driving and impaired-related crashes constitute one of the nation’s leading health problems. These events result in more deaths each year than do total homicides, and alcohol is a factor in 33% of all crashes in the United States.
Drive Drunk, Get Nailed!
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