Officer discretion leads to different verdicts in similar cases
The driver who left his car in a Dickson creek last winter was recently sentenced to jail.
Officer discretion, however, resulted in another driver, who is the son of a local judge, being cleared of the same crime.
Kenneth Flanagan, of Dickson, was found guilty June 8 in Municipal Court for failure to immediately notify of an accident. He was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended to probation pending payment of court costs.
Flanagan, who was 21 at the time, was arrested Feb. 19 after Dickson police found his white Saturn sedan upside-down in a creek off North Charlotte Street.
Just over two weeks before that incident, Dickson County Sheriff’s deputies found a 2009 Volvo C30, driven by Jody Moore, upside-down in a creek. Moore is the son of General Sessions Court Judge Durwood Moore.