Hit a runs keep LPD hopping

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By Jennifer Caldwell

When Rockey Mitchell Green allegedly lost control of his car on Rose Hill Drive he didn’t stick around to assess the damage.  

As LaFollette Police Officers Pam Jarrett, John Baker and Joe Brown arrived at the scene of the April 11 accident they determined from witness accounts that Green, 51, of 603 Rose Hill Drive, ran off the roadway and struck a concrete wall and flower bed before coming to rest at his property.

Officers learned that upon their arrival Green allegedly fled from his home on foot.

Records indicate Green was driving on a revoked license at the time of the accident.

He is charged with reckless driving, driving on a revoked license, evading arrest and leaving the scene of an accident.

Ditching the scene continued to be the theme last Thursday, when Baker responded to an accident at Highway 25W and Jacksboro Pike.

During his investigation Baker was able to determine William Ray Pennington, 54, of 204 South Tennessee Avenue, Apartment 201, hit another car and failed to stop following the impact, records stated.

A short time later Pennington was allegedly seen driving recklessly in the area of the accident. 

Baker was able to locate the vehicle and stop Pennington on Beech Street.

Baker’s report states that Pennington smelled strongly of an “intoxicating beverage” as he approached.

Pennington was asked to perform a number of field sobriety tests, which he was unable to do to satisfaction, according to the report.

A search of the vehicle revealed two opened and five unopened cans of beer as well as a half empty bottle of Canadian Mist.

Pennington was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, vehicular assault and leaving the scene of an accident. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 1.