A single-vehicle wreck on Bailey Avenue late Thursday night has left the 29-year-old female passenger dead and the driver in custody.
Christopher A. Patterson, 32, was charged with vehicular homicide and DUI.
At approximately 10:57 p.m., the Chattanooga Police Traffic Division responded to a vehicle crash in the 2400 block of Bailey Avenue.
Police said a Kia was travelling east on McCallie Avenue when it approached the intersection at Bailey Avenue. The vehicle continued straight, then left the roadway and dropped down a hill, where it came to rest.
Hamilton County EMS responded and pronounced the passenger dead at the scene.
She had not been wearing a seat belt.
An officer said Patterson smelled of an alcoholic beverage. He said they had been coming from Alan Gold's bar, where he said he had two drinks. The officer said his eyes were glassy and bloodshot and his speech was slurred. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests. A blood draw was taken and the results will be received later.
Patterson was taken to the jail. He gave his address as Church Street, Athens, Tn.
Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call 423-698-2525 or submit a tip via the CPD Mobile App. You can remain anonymous.