Man charged with DUI after string of seven accidents damaged property in Siam

By Abby Morris
Star Staff

   A 59-year-old man was arrested by county law enforcement officers and charged with multiple offenses including driving under the influence after his alleged involvement in a string of hit-and-run accidents damaged several properties in the Siam Community on Sunday.
   Earl Lee Dugger, 614 Garrison Hollow Road, was taken into custody Sunday afternoon by Carter County Sheriff's Department Lt. Harvey Guess and Deputy Dave Ryan and charged with third offense DUI, six counts of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and violation of the implied consent law.
   According to reports, Guess and Ryan responded to a call at 2149 Siam Road in reference to an automobile accident where the driver had fled the scene. "Upon arrival we were told the driver had struck a mail box at this location belonging to Renee Simerly and left the scene in a white colored Chevrolet," Guess stated in a police report.
   After leaving the scene of the first incident, the vehicle reportedly headed west on Siam Road. "The vehicle struck another mail box, number 2148, belonging to M. W. McKinney," Guess reported. The vehicle then went through a fence owned by Frenchie Russell, who resides at 2113 Siam Road and continued on, striking another mailbox at 2140 Siam Road belonging to Billy Grindstaff.
   Guess said he followed a trail of oil and fluid from the vehicle which revealed that it had turned onto Charity Hill Road off of Siam Road. After turning onto Charity Hill Road, Dugger's car struck a mail box in the 100 block belonging to Jack Fair and another at 168 belonging to Dwight Fair. A wooden fence at Fair's address was also destroyed.
   "The vehicle continued for approximately another three-quarters of a mile where it ran through another fence belonging to Eston Treadway," Guess states in his report. "At this location the vehicle was found along with the driver who was lying outside the vehicle with minor injuries."
   While officers were speaking with Dugger, it was obvious that he was intoxicated.
   Dugger was taken to Sycamore Shoals Hospital for treatment of his injuries where he was released that same day and taken into custody by Guess and Ryan and transported to the Carter County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on July 14.