Deputy charged with DUI crashes on busy Walnut Road

HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB)- A Hamilton County deputy is facing a DUI charge after crashing his truck into a ditch in Hixson Friday night.

The crash happened on a sharp curve on Walnut Road.

Neighbors say it is a busy road and they are thankful no one was seriously injured in the crash.

“Normally this road’s pretty busy and he could have clipped somebody,” says James Carter

Just after nine o’clock Friday night, in the middle of some strong storms, 47-year-old Hamilton County Deputy Thomas ‘Mike’ Fulmer was off-duty, driving east on Walnut Road in his Ford F-250.

He lost control on a curve, the tire marks still in a front yard, a mailbox knocked to the ground. Glass still covers the side of the road.

“Took out the signs and basically we were told that if the bank wasn’t there they’d been up in the porch pretty close, that he was going pretty quick,” says Carter.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the accident. Fulmer refused medical treatment at the scene and was arrested for driving under the influence.


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