A man has been sent to jail for two months after he crashed while out drunk driving in a wreck that sent his passenger to Erlanger for treatment.
The driver, Jacob Damon, was ordered to serve 60 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence, pay $650 plus costs and lose his driver license for two years for second-offense DUI, reckless endangerment, and driving on a revoked license.
His plea to the charges before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke comes just over a week after his car smashed into an embankment on Holcomb Road near Merry Oaks. His passenger, Josh Barnes, was airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga for treatment after he was found unresponsive at the scene. He was released the next day after being treated for a concussion.
Investigators say the place where the vehicle crashed into an embankment was likely not the same place where the vehicle was found in a ditch. Officers working the crash, which occurred in the pre-dawn hours, say there was not a large amount of damage to the vehicle where it impacted with the ditch. Rescue workers had at first thought Barnes had been ejected because he was lying outside the vehicle when they arrived.
However, troopers noticed one of the tires had been shredded on the vehicle and began tracking the gouge marks in the pavement. They followed the trail for over a mile making them suspect Damon had crashed his vehicle and then continued driving on the rim until his lost control on Holcomb Road where the final crash happened.