A Murfreesboro man who allegedly fled the scene of a wreck Friday was taken into custody a few hours later when police responded to Wal-Mart in reference to an intoxicated person in the parking lot.
David M. Noblin, 67, was arrested at about 4:30 p.m. outside of Wal-Mart on Old Fort Parkway after being identified as the man involved in the crash, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report filed by Officer Michael Payne.
According to the report, Noblin does not have a valid driver’s license due to two previous convictions of driving under the influence. As such, he has been charged with a third DUI offense, driving on a revoked license, and leaving the scene of crash.
Prior to the arrest, Payne was reportedly patrolling the area when he heard over the police radio that Officer Andrew Graves had responded to reports of an intoxicated man, later identified as Noblin.
“I heard his name on the radio,” Payne reported, “and I went to (Wal-Mart) because Mr. Noblin was the possible suspect (wanted for) leaving the scene of an accident that I worked.”
When Payne arrived at the scene and questioned him, Noblin reportedly said he "was involved in an accident early in the day” but denied leaving after the crash.
Although Noblin insisted he was telling the truth, he allegedly admitted to “drinking before the accident and after as well” when officers found an open bottle of brandy in his car.
But before police could finish speaking with him, Noblin started to slip in and out of consciousness, according to the report.
In light of the situation, Payne reported, Noblin was too incoherent to attempt field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest.
Noblin, who is unemployed, was then transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he was charged accordingly and held on a $4,000 bond.
A preliminary hearing in the case has since been scheduled for Wednesday, June 19, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.