DUI hit-and-run suspect thankful for police 'saving her kid from her'

Jeff Bobo • Nov 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A woman who allegedly went into a rage Tuesday over a friend’s refusal to cook turkey for her and intentionally ran a red light, causing a crash with her child in the vehicle, later told police she had a reason to be thankful.

Upon being arrested shortly after the collision, a reportedly intoxicated Crystal Elaine McMillan thanked Rogersville Police Department Officer Chris Price “for saving her kid from her.”

Around 6:22 p.m., Price responded to a hit-and-run at the intersection of Highway 11-W and Park Boulevard.

A westbound vehicle that was turning south onto Park Boulevard was struck by an eastbound 1997 Dodge Ram pickup that was driven by McMillan, with her 6-year-old son seated between her and passenger Edward Howard.

When Price arrived, Howard was standing on the side of the road.

Howard confirmed for Price that McMillan, 38, 303 Farside Drive No. 2, Rogersville, had been the driver of the pickup and that she “got upset with him when he told her he refused to cook turkey for her.

“(Howard) stated that she began driving reckless and swerving from lane to lane,” Price said. “As they approached Park Boulevard, he saw the light was green in the distance, and he told her to slow down. (Howard) stated she said, ‘I’ll show you’ and sped up.”

As they approached the intersection, Howard reportedly observed the light turn red, but McMillan continued at a high speed, even as oncoming traffic turned south into her path onto Park Boulevard.

McMillan reportedly had to veer into the turn lane to miss other vehicles stopped in both eastbound lanes at the light.

She reportedly missed the first turning vehicle, but hit the second vehicle driven by Kendra Jenkins of Mooresburg.

Howard stated the pickup almost came to a stop after the collision, and he jumped out because he feared for his life.

Around 7 p.m., THP Trooper Michael Draine called Price and stated he had been contacted by a man on Frontage Road.

That man reportedly told Draine that McMillan had come to his home, which was located about a mile from the crash location.

Price located McMillan at that residence, where he reportedly observed her to have a strong odor of alcohol and appear intoxicated.

McMillan reportedly stated she was too drunk to attempt field sobriety tests.

She also allegedly admitted to drinking prior to the crash and also to taking two drinks of liquor after the crash “because she knew she was going to jail.”

There was no child safety seat in the pickup.

She was charged with three counts of felony reckless endangerment, DUI, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, failure to report an accident, no insurance, no driver’s license, violation of the child restraint law and violation of the implied consent law for refusing a blood draw.

McMillan was arraigned Wednesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court, where she was ordered held in the Hawkins County Jail on $10,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing set for Nov. 28.

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