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Hettinger given probation for hitting deputy with car
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A man who side-swiped a deputy as the lawman was standing beside a car during a traffic stop has been granted probation.The motorist, Joshua T. Hettinger, 27, formerly of Illinois, said he was running late for work when the incident occurred during the early morning hours. He was given an 11-month, 29-day probationary sentence by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke and must pay $50 plus costs for reckless endangerment with a motor vehicle. Additional charges of violating the state’s move over law, improper passing and failing to meet Tennessee residency requirements in updating his license were dropped as a result of his plea bargain.According to Highway Patrolman Gary Myers, the incident happened on four-lane Highway 55 (Manchester Highway) as Warren County sheriff’s deputy Jared Denton was approaching a vehicle after pulling it over.