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Drunk driver tells of crippling crash
Star athlete now struggles to talk, take small steps
Blake McMeans struggles to take a few steps with the help of his handler, Tony Lester, at WCHS on Thursday.
He was a high school tennis sensation who wowed crowds as one of the top players in the nation.A college scholarship and promising future appeared to be floating over the head of 17-year-old Blake McMeans like a sunny day.That was before the Knoxville resident decided on a night of drinking and driving. After consuming what he says was “10 beers, maybe more,” McMeans made the ill-fated decision to get behind the wheel. His car flipped three times about a half mile from his home, a wreck that crippled his body and attacked his soul.“I went from a star athlete to an invalid,” McMeans told WCHS students at an assembly Thursday morning.