Police arrest man for drugs, leaving scene

A Nashville man was arrested after he left the scene of a crash and was found to be carrying drugs.

On Aug. 3, police responded to the report of a crash on State Road 135 near Dogwood Lane. The driver had run over mailboxes, through a yard and crashed through the wooden Dogwood Lane sign, leaving behind a bumper valance before leaving the scene, said a report by Nashville Assistant Police Chief Tim True.

True noted a large puddle of oil on the road. The caller told dispatch the vehicle was a green Ford Ranger with a cracked windshield and it left traveling north on State Road 135.

True saw a vehicle matching the description with a smoking engine turn south on 135 from State Road 45. He stopped it in the 3900 block of 135. The vehicle was still smoking and had a strong smell of oil coming from the engine, the report said.

The driver, Jeffrey Terrill, 38, told True he had wrecked his vehicle on Helmsburg Road and was going back to see what he hit, the affidavit said.

True said Terrill was disoriented and pale and his eyes were glazed over. Terrill handed True his debit card when asked for his ID.

The officer asked if Terrill was sick and called an ambulance to check him out, but he refused treatment.

Terrill denied having anything to drink. He said he took two Xanax pills the previous night, the report said.

A breath test registered zero for alcohol. While True was waiting on a warrant for a blood draw, Terrill told the officer he had a prescription for Suboxone and had taken it that morning before going to work.

While searching him, jail staff found Terrill had three Clonazepam tablets in his pocket, which is a Class IV controlled substance. Terrill said he took the pills from his girlfriend without her knowing.

On Aug. 9, he was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor, and leaving the scene of an accident, a Class B misdemeanor.