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Upchurch still in trouble 35 years after crash
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A man who caused one of the most horrific vehicle crashes in Warren County history has reportedly continued his life of crime into his 60s.Donald Robert Upchurch, 63, was arrested this week by the TBI after a marijuana growing operation was discovered on his property. Upchurch is currently a Lebanon resident.The growing operation at Upchurch’s residence contained approximately 24 plants and 1.5 pounds of finished marijuana.Upchurch was charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession for resale of a schedule VI drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm during a commission of a felony, prohibitive weapons, being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon, and violating his probation.While Upchurch allegedly continues his life of crime as he approaches senior citizen status, he was a young man in 1978 when he caused a fiery crash that killed a grandfather and three of his grandchildren in Campaign. Upchurch, a 28-year-old McMinnville resident at the time, was charged with four counts of second-degree murder for the crash.According to crash reports in the July 26, 1978 edition of the Southern Standard, eyewitnesses reported Upchurch was driving erratically on Sparta Highway in the Campaign area.