Friday, March 2, 2018

Savannah PD Officer Charged With DUI After On Duty Crash

SAVANNAH, TN- According to a press release by the Savannah Police Department one of their officers is out of a job and has been arrested after he crashed his cruiser.

The release from the SPD says that one of their marked patrol cars was involved in a vehicle crash on the levee between Savannah and Crump. The incident occurred just before 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Police Cheif Michael Pitts said that it is not the policy of police department to investigate all accidents involving departmental vehicles. The Tennessee Highway Patrol took the lead on this accident since it occurred outside the city.

According to the release, the preliminary investigation shows that Savannah Police Officer Scott Evans was responding to an emergency call when the accident occurred.

The THP report says Evans lost control of his vehicle while trying to avoid a care in front of him at hit a concrete divider.

Cheif Pitts says that he ordered the officer to take a drug and alcohol test in accordance with departmental policy.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says in a report that they have charged Scotti Evans, 42, Morris Chapel with Driving Under The Influence. Alcohol is noted in the report while drugs are listed as unknown.

The report stated " Based on all of the facts of the incident, the sum total of policy violations, and ultimately the violation of the SPD Code of Conduct which holds our officers to a higher standard, the decision was made by Chief Pitts and City Manager Welch to terminate the employment of Officer Evans effective at 3 pm today. Any further subsequent criminal investigations involving this traffic accident will be handled by the Tennessee Highway Patrol and any questions pertaining to that investigation should be directed to their agency."

No other vehicles were involved in the crash and the officer was treated and released at Hardin Medical Center.

Evans had been employed by the Savannah Police Department since March 29, 2017.