Police: Man charged after causing crash by stopping on I-24 to offer pedestrian a ride

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man faces multiple charges after Metro police say he caused a crash when he stopped on Interstate 24 to offer a pedestrian a ride.

The crash happened just after 1:30 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-24 near the I-440 interchange.

When authorities arrived at the scene, it appeared the driver, identified as James Howard, was under the influence of alcohol or marijuana.

James Howard (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
James Howard (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Howard was stumbling and had slurred speech, according to a Metro police report. Officers said the vehicle had an odor of marijuana and paraphernalia on the front seat, in plain view.

He admitted that he had a beer earlier in the day and submitted to a blood test, according to the report.

Howard told officers that he stopped in the middle lane of I-24 to offer a pedestrian a ride, but when he began to move over to the shoulder of the road, he was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

Witnesses said Howard was moving backwards immediately before the crash.

No one was injured in the crash.

Howard told officers he did not have insurance at the time of the crash, which is required by law.

He is charged with driving under the influence, driving while license revoked, reckless driving and insurance evidence of compliance.