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Hit-and-run suspect claims he fell asleep driving through downtown Rogersville

Jeff Bobo • Mar 9, 2018 at 8:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who allegedly fled the scene Thursday morning after running over a $5,800 light pole is facing multiple charges and a potentially hefty restitution bill.

Travis Lee Brooks, 38, told Rogersville police he fell asleep while driving shortly before 8 a.m. as he was traveling west on Main Street through downtown.

The red 1990 GMC pickup Brooks was driving veered off the left side of the roadway across from the Rogersville Post Office near the Hasson Street intersection.

Aside from the light pole, Brooks struck a park bench, metal trash can and small tree, all of which are owned by the city.

The total value of the damage was reported at $7,652.

Apparently Brooks awakened prior to the arrival of police because he allegedly fled the scene.

Rogersville Police Department Officer George Henry said the damaged pickup was located behind the residence at 400 Clay Street. Brooks allegedly admitted to being the driver and told Henry he fell asleep and ran out of the roadway.

The truck belongs to an 81-year-old man with whom Brooks lives on Meadow View Road and who reportedly didn’t know that Brooks had taken it that morning.

Brooks was charged with hit and run, driving on a revoked license and driving without proof of insurance. As of Friday, he was being held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond pending arraignment Monday in Sessions Court.

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