A Lebanon man whose driver’s license is revoked due to previous alcohol-related convictions is facing multiple charges after striking two pedestrians last week near an automotive store on Northwest Broad Street in Murfreesboro.
The incident occurred just before 3 p.m. on the afternoon of March 8 near the 1700 block of Northwest Broad Street in front of Discount Battery, as two pedestrians were looking over a car that they wanted to test drive.
One of the men sustained serious injuries when 29-year-old Donald R. Crabtree, who has already been convicted of two driving under the influence offenses, allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel, lost control of the vehicle, and careened into the parking lot, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.
He has since been charged with a third DUI offense, driving on a revoked license, violation of the implied consent law, violation of the open container law, simple possession of a Schedule III substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
“Crabtree stated that he fell asleep while driving causing him to leave the road and strike the two pedestrians, as well as a parked truck,” Officer Tim Ledford reported, adding Crabtree appeared to be intoxicated during the onsite interview.
In light of his demeanor, Crabtree was asked to perform field sobriety tests but refused, saying, “Go ahead and arrest me,” according to the report.
Ledford then took Crabtree into custody and proceeded to search his vehicle.
“An inventory search of his vehicle revealed a flask containing alcohol, four glass vials containing possible anabolic steroids, and two needles used for injecting the steroids,” Ledford reported, at which point Crabtree admitted to using steroids in the past but would not say whether the vials contained any such drug.
Crabtree was then transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he was charged accordingly and held on a $9,500 bond.
A preliminary hearing on all the charges has since been set for June in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.