THP to raise awareness of driving distractions risks
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Tennessee Highway Patrol Special Programs Lt. John Harmon said THP will be traveling Interstate 75 in Bradley County next week in order to raise awareness to passenger vehicle drivers and truckers of the dangers of texting and driving as well as many other traffic-related distractions.

Harmon said Bradley County residents and motorists along I-75 will see THP’s big rig that will be used in the safety, awareness and education program.

The truck rig will be making stops at local rest areas and truck stops as well, according to Harmon.

- Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit is in charge of a crash investigation where a driver left the roadway, struck a tree on Frontage Road and injured himself and his female passenger.

According to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for BCSO, both victims were in their teens but an approximate age was not available at the time of the initial reports.

Gault said according to investigators at the scene, speed may have played a role in the car travelling into the other lane and then crashing into the tree.

The male victim was taken via Bradley County Emergency Medical Service ambulance to Erlanger Medical Center in critical condition.

The female passenger was taken to SkyRidge Medical Center, according to Stan Clark of BCEMS.

- A 16-foot utility trailer was reported stolen from a home located on Bryan Circle this week.

According to a report filed by deputy David Harper of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Daniel Roberts said he had left his home around 10 a.m. Wednesday and when he arrived back about three hours later, his trailer was gone.

Roberts said he had checked with several acquaintances to see if someone had borrowed the trailer.

According to the report, no one had taken the trailer to use.

Roberts said the trailer had two ladders and ladder stands when it was taken.

The total loss was estimated at $1,400.

- BCSO’s SWAT team was dispatched to a call on Old Alabama Road early Saturday but was not placed into the scenario after a disturbance at a home.

According to Gault, a man had fired rounds inside his parent’s home and they alerted law enforcement.

The incident occurred around 6 a.m.

Gault said SWAT members staged near the scene, but weren’t utilized after patrol deputies were able to take control of the situation.

Gault said the suspect was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation and no charges have been filed.