Carter Co. man faces 13th DUI charge

John Thompson • Mar 15, 2012 at 10:15 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A Roan Mountain man who backed into a parked vehicle at Bob’s Dairyland restaurant on Wednesday was charged with a 13th offense of driving under the influence and a habitual motor offender violation.

James Paul Chambers, 54, 679 Tiger Creek Road, Roan Mountain, is scheduled to answer the charges in Sessions Court on April 9.

Chambers was arrested by Deputy James Stevens of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department. Stevens said when he arrived, he spoke with Brian Hugh Shell, who told him he was eating in the restaurant when he heard a loud noise. He looked into the parking lot and saw a black and green pickup truck had backed into his pickup truck.

Stevens then checked Chambers and said he appeared to be intoxicated. He said Chambers admitted he was in the process of backing up his truck when the accident happened.

When Stevens checked Chambers’ record, he determined he had previous convictions in Washington, Carter and Johnson counties extending back as far as 1979.

Chambers has served several sentences in the Carter County Jail down through the years, including a 272 day sentence in 2006, a 160 day sentence in 2005.

In 2006, Criminal Court Judge Lynn Brown sentenced Chambers to serve four years in prison on a ninth offense of DUI and serve three more years consecutively on a habitual motor offender charge.

Through his many sentences in the county jail, he has become well known around the courthouse because he worked for long periods of time as a trusty. Most courthouse workers described him as a kind, gentle man when he was sober.

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