UPDATE: Driver faces DUI Charges after 3-Car Accident Involving Rockwood PD Cruiser

A Rockwood police officer was involved in a three-vehicle accident yesterday afternoon on Highway 27 and Patton Lane. Troopers stated in their report a 2020 Chevrolet Malibu driven by 26-year-old Arin N. Deardorff hit a 2005 Saturn operated by 68-year-old Corine Buday of Harriman. The Malibu also struck a 2018 Ford Police Interceptor controlled by 43-year-old Sgt. Jason Halliburton of Rockwood at the intersection. Deardorff was injured and charged with DUI. The other drivers and a passenger officer, Paul Parks, in the police cruiser escaped injury.

Police Chief Bill Stinnett who went to the scene said both officers are fine, after the collision as he states one vehicle
northbound was approaching the traffic light when it couldn’t avoid striking another car and that vehicle then hit the Rockwood Police car in the side at, a pretty good pace, roughing the officers up a bit inside their cruiser. The Tennessee Highway Patrol was called to work the crash scene which is standard procedure when Government vehicles are involved in crashes. No further details of the other drivers were available at news time.

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About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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