Repeat DUI offender Danny Polak released from jail on bond

Danny Polak and Joy Barnes
Police say Danny Polak was traveling south in the northbound lanes on Sept. 23, 2014 when he struck a northbound car driven by Joy Barnes.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Danny Polak, 40, a repeat DUI offender charged in a vehicular homicide case, is now out of jail on bond.

Polak was recently charged in connection with a wrong-way crash on Interstate 65 last September that killed 68-year-old Joy Barnes.

The Washington woman and her friend had just landed at the Nashville International Airport on Sept. 23 and were on their way to Bowling Green, Kentucky for Barnes’ 50th high school class reunion when a car driven by Polak hit them head-on. Barnes, a passenger in the vehicle, died a few days later.

Polak was charged with DUI and failure to exercise due care on the night of the crash. He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and later released.

In late January, Polak was involved in a single-vehicle accident in Brownsville, Kentucky, and charged with aggravated DUI.

Following his arrest, a tip to authorities revealed Polak was wanted in the Robertson County vehicular homicide case.

He was charged with being a fugitive from another state.

Polak was extradited back to Robertson County last week where he was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of vehicular assault and two counts of DUI.

Polak’s bond was set at $20,000. He made bond Friday and was released from the Robertson County Jail. No special conditions were placed on his bond, according to the clerk’s office.

Polak is scheduled to be in court in Robertson County Friday at 9 a.m.

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