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Reckless driving parks Adams in jail
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A man who drove into oncoming traffic while traveling the wrong direction on Smithville Highway was given 180 days in jail for his fourth DUI and reckless endangerment with a vehicle. 

Terrance Joseph Adams, 45, was arrested in May and charged with reckless endangerment with a vehicle, fourth-offense DUI, driving while license revoked, crossing a highway divider and possessing an open container.

Adams appeared in court on Wednesday, Dec. 11 and was sentenced to serve 180 days in jail for both the fourth-offense DUI and reckless endangerment. He was also sentenced to five days in jail for driving on a revoked license. 

The sentence comes after officer Bobby Anderson responded to a call of a reckless driver. The complainant said a silver Dodge was traveling eastbound in the westbound lane on Highway 70 while headed toward McMinnville. 

The arrest warrant states the caller followed the vehicle until it turned into the Shell station on Smithville Highway. When Anderson arrived at the gas station, Lt. Paul Springer was speaking with a black male in a white T-shirt who was identified as Terrance Adams. Adams had the same appearance as the complainant described being the driver of the vehicle traveling the wrong direction. 

When speaking with Adams, Anderson detected a strong odor of alcohol. The warrant states Adams had glassy, bloodshot eyes, was slurring his speech and performed poorly on a standardized field sobriety test given by Anderson. 

An open container of beer was located inside the vehicle, and Adams admitted to drinking two beers. He was placed under arrest and transported to Warren County Jail. Adams had three prior convictions for DUIs in Rutherford County resulting in his a-rrest in May being a felony. 

Adams was released on Thursday, Dec. 12 for time served after spending over seven months in jail. Adams will have his license revoked for eight years and serve the remainder of his sentence on probation.