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Head-on crash nets 48-hour sentence
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A drunk driver who crossed the center-line and hit an oncoming motorist head on will serve 48 hours and be allowed to enter DUI Court.


The driver, Sterling Gipson, entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of DUI, driving on a revoked license and misdemeanor reckless endangerment. He was ordered to serve 48 hours of an 11-month, 29-day sentence, pay $1,350 plus court costs, perform 24 hours public service work, attend DUI class and lose his driver license for one year.


According to Highway Patrolman Bruce Pryor, Gipson was arrested for a wreck he caused when he strayed across the center-line while driving on Nashville Highway.


“His vehicle traveled across the double yellow lines, striking a 2001 Nissan Maxima head on,” Pryor said. “The crash injured three people who was transported to River Park Hospital.”


Pryor said he had blood drawn on the drunk driver and found out he tested positive for Lidocaine (an anesthetic), Dihydrocodeinone (pain killer), Diazapam, Nordiazepam and Tamazapam (the last three are anxiety medications).


The officer also found out Gipson’s license had been revoked for an earlier DUI he picked up in Davidson County back in 2012.


As part of his sentence Gipson will have to participate in and complete the Drug and DUI Court.