A vehicle crash almost became deadly for two Chattanooga Police Officers early Sunday morning.
Officers Jeff Buckner and Dewayne Prater were working a crash where a vehicle driven by Niki E. Liner, 24, of Cleveland, had crashed into the back of a semi-truck on Interstate 24 near the I-75 split. While they were in the middle of the investigation and clearing the scene, a Jeep driven by Samuel Lemons, 22, of Ooltewah, was according to Officer Buckner, “traveling at a high rate of speed and applying their brakes extremely hard in the inside lane.”
Upon observing this, Officer Bucker got Officer Prater out of his vehicle and both officers were out of danger when the Jeep finally came to a stop just short of striking Officer Prater's patrol vehicle.
Officer Buckner administered a field sobriety test and found that Lemons was impaired. He was placed under arrest for driving under the influence. Officer Buckner further charged him with felony reckless endangerment, reckless driving and drivers to exercise due care. He is currently in the Hamilton County Jail on a $4,000 bond and faces an Aug. 6 court date.
In the other crash, Officer Buckner charged Ms. Liner with driving under the influence – second offense, driving left of center, failure to maintain lane, failure to yield right of way, reckless driving, drivers to exercise due care, and violation of the state's implied consent law.
In her statement to Officer Buckner, Ms. Liner mentioned that she worked for the SouthSide Social Club and had four drinks at work prior to her leaving. She is being held without bond at the Hamilton County Jail and will be in court Monday morning.
Under Tennessee Law, a person convicted of second offense or higher driving under the influence charge must have bond set by a sitting judge. She is set to appear at 8:30 a.m. in front of Judge Lila Statom Monday morning.