By Joe King
Sevier County Deputy Skylar Carrol Seagle of Gatlinburg was charged with drunk driving in Knoxville during the early morning hours of Jan. 30.
According to Darrell DeBusk, Public Information Officer for the Knoxville Police Department, there were seven 911 calls regarding a red pick-up truck speeding erratically on Lovell Road near I-40 in Knoxville.
At approximately 2:17 a.m. Seagle’s vehicle, which matched the descriptions provided by the 911 callers, was stopped by area law enforcement.
The KPD report states that after being pulled over to the side of the road, Seagle made a failed attempt to drive away from the scene when the officer had momentarily looked away to make sure the area was secure to approach.
The reported stated Seagle had bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol coming from his body. Seagel then volunteered information and told the arresting officer that he was a deputy for the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department.
The two passages in the vehicle with Seagel, one of whom was a minor, also appeared to be intoxicated.
Seagel refused the initial field sobriety test, but later submitted to a blood test at the hospital.
After the results indicated that his Blood Alcohol Concentration was over the legal limit of 0.08 percent, Seagel was charged with a DUI. The underage passenger who was riding with Seagal was charged with underage consumption. The third passenger was not charged.
Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals said that Seagel would be dismissed from the department as a result of the incident.
Seals stated that Seagel had been with the department for about six to eight weeks prior to the arrest.
Deputy Charged with DUI
By Joe King