23-year-old charged with DUI, hit-and-run in Nashville

23-year-old charged with DUI, hit-and-run in Nashville (Image 1)

A 23-year-old north Nashville woman is in jail, accused of driving drunk and striking a man with her car.

Marchelle Hardy was arrested Friday night outside her 25th Avenue apartment.

Metro police were led to her apartment by a 911 call made by Travis Boyle.

In a phone conversation, Boyle, a Mississippi resident, told Nashville's News 2 he and his son were in town touring Nashville Auto Diesel College.

He claimed they were stopped at a red light at the Interstate 65 North exit ramp and Rosa L. Parks Boulevard around 7:30 p.m. when they were rear-ended by Hardy.

Boyle said he and his son immediately got out of the truck to check on Hardy and her passenger, but Hardy appeared angry.

“I've never witnessed anything like that before,” he said. “I was cussed out, told that they [weren't] worried about my vehicle, they had too much going on in their vehicle to be worried about me, and that she was leaving.”

Boyle called 911 shortly before Hardy allegedly took off.

“[Hardy] put her car in reverse, backs up, rams my truck again, puts it in reverse, backs up and hits me and kind of throws me over the hood of the car as she leaves, almost running over my son,” Boyle continued.

Boyle was uninjured. He gave Metro dispatch Hardy's car tag number, leading police to her apartment two miles away. Her car was parked in a nearby lot with extensive damage to the front end and a flat tire.

In an affidavit, an officer on scene, Sgt. Michael Kent, said Hardy was “stumbling up the stairs in the breezeway of the apartment complex.”  The affidavit also stated Hardy was “unsteady on her feet, smelled of alcohol and had blood shot watery eyes.”

Hardy told police she drank two beers at a party earlier in the day, and she thought she hit a wall with her car.

Hardy was arrested following a field sobriety test and charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and aggravated assault.

She is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

Boyle said he is unsure if he can return to Nashville to testify if needed, but would like to see the case move forward.

“I hate to see her get away with it, you know, and turn around and do it again and someone else not be so lucky,” he said.

Hardy has an arrest record dating back to 2008 for various charges.

On September 11, 2012, she was arrested for violating the state's Open Container Law.

The case remains open.

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