Former bus driver's DUI case delayed for Tenn. Supreme Court ruling

Becky Campbell • Jun 18, 2018 at 5:07 PM

A former Washington County Schools bus driver was scheduled for a hearing on DUI and reckless endangerment charges, which stemmed from an incident while she was on duty.

The hearing was delayed while the Tennessee Supreme Court considers an unrelated, but similar, case that challenges blood test results from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Jackie Adams, 49, of Telford, was arrested on DUI and reckless endangerment charges Feb. 28 after Jonesborough police received a 911 call from a driver who observed Adams driving her bus erratically on East Main Street around 7:20 a.m.

Officers located the bus and pulled it over. An officer said Adams had visual signs of impairment and asked her to perform a sobriety test. Police said 23 students were aboard Adams’ bus at the time of her arrest.

A Washington County Department of Education transportation worker responded to the scene and drove the children to school.

Adams’ attorney, Gene Scott, asked for the reset because of State v. Decosimo, which is the case the Supreme Court has under review. The issue in that case revolves around the TBI conducting blood alcohol testing and how the agency is reimbursed $250 for those tests only if there is a conviction.

Adams’ case was reset for Aug. 14. 

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