LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – A call of a single vehicle accident at around 11 pm was answered by K9 Patrolman Zack Daugherty on Sun., Oct. 1. When he arrived on scene within two minutes and found a crashed vehicle in the ditch of the eastbound lane on Jacksboro Pike near Krome Salon. The vehicle was unoccupied, and according to witnesses, the driver had fled over the hill to Old Jacksboro Highway.

Officer Daugherty deployed K9 Goose to begin tracking the suspect. According to a report from the LaFollette Police Department, Daugherty saw the suspect walking away from the crash on Pecan Court. He announced himself and gave commands for the suspect to surrender before he sent his partner, Goose. The suspect identified as Robert Fulton Hankey surrendered and got on the ground as commanded

Patrolmen Jesse Ferguson and Austin Tindell arrived shortly after and handcuffed Hankey. After being read his Miranda rights, Officer Tindell advised Officer Daugherty that Hankey admitted to him that he had taken Suboxone, Neurontin and smoked Marijuana prior to the incident and stated that he was “messed up.” A check of the vehicle license tag revealed that the vehicle did belong to Hankey. In plain view, Daugherty saw a glass pipe which appeared consistent with pipes used to smoke Methamphetamine. A check of Hankey’s driver’s license revealed that his license was suspended.

Hankey, 44, 814 West Hemlock Street, LaFollette was charged with driving under the influence (DUI), leaving scene of accident, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on revoked/suspended. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/16/2023-6AM)