Chattanooga man facing several charges including DUI after crash in Walker County Sunday morning
According to a Georgia State Patrol crash report on Sunday, April 19th, 2020, at around 7:11 AM, a 2008 Jeep Patriot being driven by Joseph L. Adams, 34, of Chattanooga was traveling westbound on James Street. 2015 Ford Escapee, being driven by Jefferson James, 26, of Rossville was traveling northbound on Wilson Road. James advised that the Jeep entered the roadway in front of him. According to the incident report, Adams continued to change his story, saying he wasn't driving and that a guy named Tony was. Adams never admitted to being on James Street and advised that the Ford came off of James Street. Adams stated to the investigating trooper that the reason he was in the driver seat was to move the vehicle. The trooper stated he could detect a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Adams admitted to drinking a fifth of alcohol. Roadway evidence showed that the Ford was traveling northbound on Wilson Road. The Ford struck the Jeep on the left front with the front of the Ford. The Jeep rotated clockwise, left Wilson Road onto the west shoulder and struck the concrete barrier/curb. The Jeep came to rest against the barrier facing northwest. The Ford rotated clockwise, left Wilson Road onto the west shoulder, and went over the concrete barrier/curb. The Jeep fell into the culvert and came to rest in the concrete culvert facing south. The passenger in the Jeep Princess Knighten, 32, of Chattanooga left the scene but was found shortly after. All involved were injured and transported by Puckett EMS to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. Both occupants in the Jeep were not wearing seat belts. Due to being injured and being transported warrants for DUI, driving while license suspended, failure stop for stop sign, no insurance, and no seat belts will be issued for Adams.