NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man who was arrested for DUI after driving the wrong way on Interstate 65 last month said he is grateful for the officers who got him off the road.
The incident involving 38-year-old Peter Vann occurred during the early morning hours of Feb. 20.
According to police, nearly a dozen 911 calls came in reporting Vann driving southbound in northbound lanes of Interstate 65.
Callers also stated the SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed.
“The guy is going to get killed because he’s driving 60 mph the wrong way on the interstate,” one caller said.
Vann was eventually pulled over near Rosa Parks Blvd. with the help of a TDOT operator who was able to track his whereabouts in real-time on traffic surveillance cameras.
“This is real-time. This is the advantage of these cameras behind me, they were able to follow this man and follow the cameras and keep police alerted to his exact location. This is part of their job, they will tell you they do this every day, but they absolutely in this case probably saved someone’s life,” B.J. Doughty with TDOT said.
News 2 spoke with Vann outside his Hendersonville apartment on Wednesday.
“I was pulled over quickly and I was glad. I was trying to get off the interstate as quickly as I could,” Vann said. “I am very lucky. Everyone is very lucky.”
At the time of his arrest, police reported that Vann’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.
“I’m grateful to the police who came and got me off the road,” Vann said, adding that the incident was a “one-time bad decision.”
“I’m 38 years old and I have never done anything like this before and, believe me, it will really never happen again,” he told News 2.
Vann has no prior arrest history in Metro. He is currently charged with DUI, open container, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He is due in court March 17.
As for the TDOT operator who assisted police in arresting Vann, Doughty said, “They felt good because what normally results is an innocent motorist killed. We could have been looking at multiple fatalities and in your line of work when you can do something and say you saved a life, that is a great feeling.”