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NE Tennessee dad who had child in pickup during alleged DUI wreck charged with endangerment

JEFF BOBO, NET News Service, [email protected] • Apr 27, 2016 at 4:03 PM

MOUNT CARMEL — A Hawkins County man whose 10-year-old son was in the vehicle during an alleged DUI wreck Saturday morning was also charged with reckless endangerment.

Shortly after 11 a.m., Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John Tunnell responded to a single vehicle wreck at 181 Big Elm Road just south of Carters Valley Road in far eastern Hawkins County.

Michael Lynn Matlock, 47, 919 S. Sherbrooke Circle, Mount Carmel, reportedly told Tunnell he drove his 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 out of the roadway to avoid a deer.

“During my investigation, Mr. Matlock was unsteady on his feet, lethargic speech, and was unable to follow instructions during the investigation,” Tunnell said. “I asked Mr. Matlock to do a standardized field sobriety test, which he performed poorly.”

More on Matlock’s arrest from the Kingsport Times-News.

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