Update: THP confirms alcohol factor in crash that seriously injured 2 Washington Co. deputies

Becky Campbell • Apr 22, 2014 at 4:35 PM

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has now confirmed that an off-duty Washington County deputy who crashed early Sunday morning, injuring himself and a passenger, had been drinking, but the level of alcohol in his system is not available yet.

“The BAC has not been processed by the TBI as of yet,” said THP spokesman Sgt. Bill Miller. “This is not an overnight process. This process does take several weeks to complete.”

Blood was drawn from the driver, Louis Cunningham, 42, of Limestone, due to the seriousness of injuries to his passenger, Tim Moore, 39, of Jonesborough, who is also a county sheriff’s deputy and off-duty at the time.

The wreck happened when Cunningham lost control of his 2002 Ford Mustang around 1:24 a.m. on State Highway 535, also known as Old State Route 34, traveled off the left side of the road where the car hit an embankment and overturned.

Cunningham was wearing a seatbelt, but received serious injuries. Rescuer extricated him from the car, and he was flown by Wings to the Johnson City Medical Center. The THP said Moore was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected as the car overturned. He was transported by ground ambulance to JCMCH.

Tuesday afternoon, both men were listed in stable condition, according to a Mountains States Health Alliance spokesperson.


Earlier report posted Monday:

Alcohol may have been a factor in a single-vehicle car crash that seriously injured two off-duty Washington County sheriff’s deputies, a Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesperson said Monday.

It happened around 1:15 a.m. Sunday on Highway 353, also called Old State Route 34 as Louis Cunningham, of Jonesborough, was driving his personal vehicle. He had a passenger, Tim Moore, with him at the time.

According to preliminary information from THP Public Information Officer Dalya Qualls, Cunningham was attempting to negotiate a curve and lost control of the car.

The vehicle went off the left side of the road, hit an embankment and overturned. The car came to rests on it’s top. Qualls said. Moore was ejected from the vehicle, and Cunningham had to be extricated from the wreckage.

Both were seriously injured in the crash and remained hospitalized at Johnson City Medical Center. According to a Mountain States Health Alliance spokesperson, Cunningham was listed in serious but stable condition and Moore was in stable condition.

The trooper who worked the crash was off Monday, so it was unlikely additional information would be released right away.

THP said the investigation was continuing Monday.

Cunningham has worked for the sheriff’s office since December 1996 and Moore has been employed since January 2005.

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