Driver charged with DUI after hitting pedestrian in Madison

Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department

MADISON, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol when he hit a pedestrian in Madison Thursday night.

It happened on Gallatin Pike South near Hickory Street around 10:30 p.m.

Metro police told News 2 the driver struck the pedestrian, who was not in a crosswalk.

The victim was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His injuries were critical, but he has been stabilized.

The driver, identified at Jeffery Christian, is charged with felony aggravated vehicular assault.

Officers at the scene said Christian denied any alcohol use but did say that he takes prescription medication.

An affidavit states that Christian appeared unsteady on his feet, has red eyes and swayed while standing still.

He was arrested at the scene for DUI and refused a blood test.

Officers later obtained a search warrant and took two vials of his blood for testing at the Metro lab. The results of which are pending.

Christian was previously convicted on DUI charges in 1987, 1998, 1999, 2004, and 2013, according to a Metro police affidavit.

No additional information was immediately released.