MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 23-year-old woman was arrested and a Wilson County sheriff’s deputy injured after she collided head-on with his patrol car.
The accident happened at 9:45 a.m. Monday in the 9500 block of Central Pike in Mt. Juliet.
Deputy Brian Hudgens, a husband and father of three, told investigators the woman, later identified as Haley Bell, was already in his lane of traffic heading directly toward him when he topped a hill.
Deputy Hudgens said he swerved as far as possible to avoid a collision, ultimately hitting a ditch and tree, but was unable to avoid Bell’s car.
“I couldn’t do anything,” he told News 2. “I basically came to a complete stop and cut my wheel to the right to keep her from hitting me head on.”
Despite his efforts, Bell slammed right into him going at least 50 miles per hour.
She then bailed from her car on foot and got a ride to Providence Marketplace before getting another ride to Old Hickory Boulevard.
Officers found her soon after wandering in a parking lot.
Bell, who authorities believed was impaired at the time of the crash, was ultimately charged with drug possession but not driving under the influence.
News 2 found she does have a previous DUI in Rutherford County in 2013.
Deputy Hudgens, 45, was treated for minor injuries at University Medical Center.
He told News 2 he sprained his wrists and his hips are now sore.
“I am very blessed. I have seen people lose their lives in a lot less,” the deputy added.