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Cope charged after crash on highway
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A list of charges have been leveled against a driver who lawmen suspect was drinking when he ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle Thursday afternoon near Morrison.
The suspected drunk driver, Thomas Cope, 53, has been charged with DUI, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment, and violation of the open container law. The vehicular assault and reckless endangerment charges are felonies.
His charges comes after his Chevy collided with a Nissan pickup driven by Mike Fann, 57, at the intersection of Manchester Highway and Old Well Road. Witnesses told lawmen Cope ran the red light and slammed into the pickup.
According to Highway Patrolman Gary Myers, Fann had stopped on Old Well Road and waited for the light to turn green. When the light changed green for him, he pulled onto Manchester Highway and was trying to make a turn to go westbound when he was hit in the side by the Cope vehicle.
Both men were airlifted from the scene for treatment at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. Fann reportedly suffered injuries to his chest and ribs, while Cope suffered a fractured leg and arm.
Cope was charged after officers found alcohol inside the wreckage of his vehicle. Cope was a former funeral director at Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home.