Wrong-way driver in Franklin charged with 4th DUI

Wrong-way driver in Franklin charged with 4th DUI (Image 1)

A Franklin woman was arrested Monday night and charged with her fourth DUI.

Tamera Likens, 51, was pulled over around 10:30 p.m. after she was observed traveling south on Mack Hatcher Parkway near Liberty Pike in the northbound lanes.

Likens was arrested after the officer determined she was impaired. She was also driving on a revoked license for a previous DUI, police said.

“Violating the law is a choice. This suspect chose to get behind the wheel knowing that her license was revoked and doing so impaired,” said Sergeant Charles Warner of the Franklin Police Department.

Likens former roommate, who asked us not to reveal his identity, told News 2 she has been struggling with alcoholism for years and hopes this recent arrest, which is a felony, will set her straight.

“She’s a good person that’s got a bad disease. I hope [the best for her],” said Likens’ former roommate.

Nationally, there are about 10,000 fatalities a year as a result of drunken driving.  However, Williamson County Assistant District Attorney Carlin Hess’ said there is only so much government agencies can do to stop DUI offenders from getting behind the wheel.  

“To constantly watch them a lot of the times it’s just impossible and the best we can do is tell them they can’t drive and if they’re caught driving on a revoke license then they’re going to have to go to jail,” said Hess.

Likens was booked into the Williamson County jail.

She has since been released on $20,000 bond and is due in court May 15.

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