Man charged with DUI after three-vehicle wreck

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com

   No one was seriously injured in a three-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon in the Milligan area of Carter County but one man was arrested and charged with multiple offenses, including driving under the influence.
   Mark Thomas Guinn, 36, of Sandmine Road, was arrested at the scene of the accident and charged with his fourth offense of DUI as well as second-offense driving on a revoked license and violation of the implied consent law. After being taken into custody by Carter County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Keith Range, he was also served with a warrant out of Carter County Criminal Court charging him with violation of probation.
   According to reports, Guinn was operating a 1983 Dodge van when he struck two other vehicles on Okolona Road near the intersection of that road with Old Buffalo Road. "Mark Guinn was traveling north on Okolona Road and he crossed the center line and went into the other lane of traffic," Range said.
   After crossing the center line, the van driven by Guinn struck a Ford truck in the rear driver's side area after the truck attempted to swerve to miss the van. The van continued on after striking the van and collided with a Honda Civic. "All three vehicles were totaled," Range said.
   Guinn sustained some minor cuts to his legs in the accident and refused treatment by Carter County Rescue Squad emergency personnel at the scene.
   "While investigating the accident I did observe that Mr. Guinn's speech was slow and slurred and he was extremely unsteady on his feet. He was also unable to keep his eyes open," Range states in his report on the accident and subsequent arrest. "Mr. Guinn appeared to be under the influence of some type of intoxicant. Mr. Guinn's condition was such that I was unable to administer field sobriety tests."
   At that time, Range placed Guinn into custody and charged him with fourth-offense DUI and second-offense driving on revoked license after a check of his driver's license revealed that he had prior convictions.
   After he was placed into custody and read his Miranda rights, Range explained the Tennessee Implied Consent Law to Guinn at which point "he refused because of the medication he was on," the report by Range states.
   Guinn is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on the charges related to the accident on July 21.