Judge tosses criminal charges against former DA Crumley

Becky Campbell • Apr 2, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Criminal charges against former District Attorney General Joe Crumley were dismissed by the prosecutor and the action approved by a judge, the prosecutor confirmed Monday.

Late Monday afternoon, the Washington County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office received a judicial order on the dismissal.

Joe Baugh, retired attorney general for the 21st Judicial District — which includes Hickman, Williamson, Perry and Lewis counties — said he received the signed order from Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood dismissing charges against Crumley.

Crumley, 58, Jonesborough, was charged with reckless endangerment, evading arrest, failure to yield to blue lights and sirens and reckless driving.

The charges stem from a Sept. 21 incident in Jonesborough during which he’s accused of crossing the center line while driving and refusing to pull over when Jonesborough Public Safety officers ordered him to do so.

“I can confirm the charges are dismissed,” Baugh said. “It seemed the decent thing to do in light of his medical condition."

He declined to comment further, and local sources also won’t talk on the record about Crumley’s condition. Sources close to the situation say Crumley is receiving hospice care.

Crumley was hospitalized after the Jonesborough officers stopped him last fall because he suffered a seizure during the traffic stop. He was charged after being released from the hospital about a week later.

At that hearing, Crumley’s attorney, Jim Bowman, said there would be medical evidence presented if the case continued to Criminal Court

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