ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) – Following an appearance Monday afternoon in Hawkins County General Sessions Court, Don Wells, father of missing Rogersville child Summer Wells, is currently serving time in the Hawkins County Jail. Hawkins in connection with a DUI arrest in October.
At his 1 p.m. court appearance, Wells pleaded guilty to his driving under the influence charge, and the state dropped all other charges since his Oct. 30 arrest. In court, Wells demanded a toxicology screen from the night of the arrest with no evidence of drugs. Wells also said a blood alcohol test taken that night came back with a level of 0.13%.
Wells told the court it was his first DUI, which the judge agreed to. The mandatory minimum sentence for this charge is 48 hours in jail, 88 hours of community service, one year of revoked license and a $350 fine. However, since Wells’ arrest was a violation of his probation related to prior possession of a handgun while intoxicated, he must serve the remainder of his sentence of 11 months and 29 days. at Hawkins County Jail. Wells was taken directly from the Hawkins County Courthouse to the Hawkins County Jail the same afternoon.
Wells forwarded a note to the court to News Channel 11’s Bianca Marais, which read: ‘Thank you all for your positive support. It was very difficult.
Wells may not have to serve full-time because he could be eligible for probation again after 180 days and completion of an alcohol rehabilitation program.
While in court, Wells told General Sessions Judge Todd Ross that he “wanted to get away” as he and Bly argued, to which Judge Ross replied, “That’s it. what are the feet for?
Wells also told Judge Ross that he and Bly were taking classes to regain custody of their sons and that he was still working full time at the time.
A handful of protesters appeared at the courthouse in connection with Summer Wells’ disappearance. Nothing in the appearance was related to Summer, and to date, no charges have been filed against anyone in connection with her disappearance.
According to an affidavit filed with Hawkins County, Wells was found in a White GMC Sonoma on Van Hill Road after the vehicle failed to turn left and slammed into the shoulder.
Officers say they observed a bottle of what looked like alcohol in the passenger seat of the car, and the affidavit says they smelled alcohol. Speaking with Wells, officers say his eyes were bloodshot.
Wells told officers he took a few “shots” of alcohol, according to the affidavit, and took the bottle seen by officers from his wife, Candus Bly, because of an argument. The affidavit indicates that the bottle was half empty at the time.
Officers then conducted a field sobriety test with Wells, and the affidavit states that while officers did not observe any nystagmus, an eye condition that can appear when someone is under the influence of alcohol, while Wells was at rest, they observed “distinct and sustained”. symptoms in both eyes at maximum deviation when Wells’ eyes were fully sideways.
Wells was also asked to perform a heel-to-toe walk and turn test, and officers say he missed his toe five times, walked off the line several times and used his arms to balance himself. During a one-legged stance, officers say Wells dropped his foot to the ground twice, swayed and bent his knee for balance.
The affidavit states that during the arrest of officers who read Wells his rights, he said he “probably drank too much” and told officers he would fail a blood test after the informed of legal blood alcohol limits.
It’s a developing story, stay tuned online and on air for updates.
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