An alleged drunk driver who nearly ran over a trooper during a traffic stop has been hit with endangerment charges.
The suspect, Marty B. Tallent, 47, is charged with reckless endangerment and third-offense DUI. He will face hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on Oct. 31.
According to Trooper Tommy Cooper, who was almost hit by the out-of-control driver, Tallent was traveling 93 mph on Manchester Highway when he lost control of his Oldsmobile. The speed limit is 55 mph on the four-lane.
“As result of the speed, Tallent struck another vehicle causing him to lose control and roll his vehicle seven and a half times,” Cooper said in his warrants against the Smithville man.
Cooper said the rolling Oldsmobile came to final rest about 50 feet from his patrol vehicle. The trooper was parked on the shoulder and about to get out on a traffic stop when the out-of-control vehicle came toward him.
Cooper said the rolling Tallent vehicle left a debris trial which included six cans of alcoholic beverages.
A check of the driver revealed he was driving with a .18 blood alcohol reading. The state’s legal limit for intoxication is .08. That made Tallent more than twice the legal limit.
Tallent has two prior convictions for DUI, both happening in DeKalb County in 2010.