Officer David Simmonds Injured After Being Struck by Suspected Drunk Driver on I-24
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South Precinct Officer David Simmonds has been treated and released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center after he was injured Monday at 4:30 a.m. when his marked patrol car was struck by a vehicle being driven by a suspected drunk driver on I-24 East at Bell Road.
Officer Simmonds, 33, was stopped with his emergency equipment activated, blocking lane four of the interstate near Bell Road while investigating another crash, when he was struck from behind by an eastbound 2007 Honda CRV, being driven by Jason Patton, 38. Patton was not injured.
Patton, who has two prior DUI convictions, smelled of alcohol. He also had red watery eyes, slurred speech, and displayed indicators of impairment during the administration of Standard Field Sobriety Tasks. He is charged with DUI and is being held in lieu of $5,000 bond. A blood sample from Patton will be analyzed by the crime lab for alcohol content.
Officer Simmonds is a five-year department veteran.