Witness: DUI suspect who hit McDonald's building was 'struggling with basic driving skills'

Jeff Bobo • Feb 2, 2019 at 2:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Bean Station man who reportedly struck a McDonald’s with his pickup last week, and later hit the truck of a man who had stopped to check on his condition, pleaded guilty Wednesday to DUI, reckless endangerment and no insurance.

The vehicle that was struck by Kevin Jessee Doswell reportedly contained a 5-year-old.

Doswell, 38, was arrested the afternoon of Jan. 22 after a witness stated he observed Doswell driving a blue Chevy pickup while “struggling with basic driving skills.”

The man stated that he observed Doswell hit the McDonald’s building on Route 66 in Rogersville, then pull out northbound onto the highway, where he nearly struck several other vehicles.

Doswell then drove past Lamb Lane, made an erratic move to turn onto Lamb Lane, and then failed to stop at the Sneedville Pike intersection.

When Doswell’s truck stopped at the 11-W intersection, the witness pulled his truck in front of Doswell to check on his condition.

The witness’ son was in the backseat when Doswell pulled his truck forward and struck the other man’s truck.

No injuries were reported, but Rogersville Police Department Officer Chris Price and HCSO Deputy Hunter Jones responded to the scene.

Price said he observed Doswell to have bloodshot eyes; slow, unsteady movement; slurred, incoherent speech; and the odor of alcohol.

Doswell reportedly admitted he had taken Depakote and two other medications he couldn’t remember on top of drinking a half-pint of liquor.

He was originally charged with felony reckless endangerment, but the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor when he pleaded guilty in Hawkins County Sessions Court Wednesday. By that time, Doswell had been in jail for a week. He was sentenced to time served, 11 months and 29 days of probation, 96 hours of community service and ordered to pay $1,773 in fines and fees.

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