ELIZABETHTON — The Fourth of July holiday had a rough ending for Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes. He was involved in a single-vehicle accident on the Broad Street Bridge at 1:39 a.m. Tuesday.
Mathes said he had been out on some complaints about fireworks being shot late at night. He noticed he was running low on gas, so he decided to go to the Carter County Highway Department to refuel.
The sheriff said he was approaching the Broad Street Bridge when he dropped the key to the fuel pump. He took his eye off the road momentarily and his Honda ran up on the ramp for the guard rail to the bridge. The vehicle overturned on the bridge.
“I skinned my elbow but the only injury was to my pride,” Mathes said shortly after the incident.
The vehicle involved in the accident was not purchased with tax money. It was a vehicle seized during an arrest on drug charges and subsequently confiscated by the sheriff’s department.
In addition to the body damage, Mathes said the accident cracked the oil pan on the vehicle.
Because the accident involved a member of the sheriff’s department, the investigation was conducted by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.