A bottle of tequila and empty beer cans may have been what contributed to the wreck of a car driven by Joan Ellen Hendrix, 48, Saturday night. Two passengers in the vehicle, Tony Chapman, 31, and Paul Smith, 39, were both airlifted following the crash.
Warren County Sheriff’s deputy Jared Jacobs responded to a wreck on Hennessee Avenue located in Riverview Subdivision in the Smartt Station area around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night.
Hendrix had failed to negotiate a curve located at the bottom of a hill on Hennessee Avenue. Hendrix was driving a 2012 Dodge Avenger which crossed the road on the driver’s side, jumped a ditch and ended up in bushes after turning 180 degrees, leaving the car facing the direction from which it came.
Jacobs wrote in his report the driver stated she did not know the road well. He also stated she was fighting with passengers over an iPod music device. Assorted beer cans and a bottle of tequila were found inside the wreckage.
Hendrix failed the field sobriety test and was arrested and charged with DUI.
LifeFlight helicopters landed in a side yard of a home located next to the ditch line where the wrecked vehicle crashed in order to transport the passengers, who had suffered head injuries, to Vanderbilt Medical Center.