Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area News

February 12, 2013

Commissioner has DUI dropped, wiped from record same day

Pleads guilty to refusing to take blood alcohol test

CROSSVILLE — A sitting Cumberland County commissioner's driving under the influence charge that drew regional media attention has been wiped from the record the same day the state dropped the case, according to court records.

Robert Brian Houston, 39, who goes by Brian, was arrested Jan. 21, 2012, during a traffic stop on West Ave. by Sheriff's Deputy Mac Judkins. He was charged with driving under the influence and refusing to take an intoximeter test, according to an arrest report.

A preliminary hearing was held Aug. 9 at which time Judkins testified that he clocked Houston's car traveling 54 mph in a 30 mph zone and conducted a traffic stop, which led to his arrest of Houston.

Houston participated in a field sobriety test, which led Judkins to take him into custody for a blood alcohol test, which Houston failed to submit to, resulting in his arrest on the two charges.

In a document filed by Assistant District Attorney Amanda Worley dated Jan. 30, the state petitions the court to drop the driving under the influence charge for the following reasons:

•"The state has reviewed the patrol car videotape on the above case and has made a determination that based on the tape alone, a conviction would be unlikely; and,

•The defendant refused to take a breath and/or blood alcohol test to determine the amount of alcohol in his system at the time of the alleged offense; and,

•Without any blood alcohol test results the state is at a disadvantage in continuing the prosecution of said defendant; and,

•In exchange for this nolle, the defendant has agreed to submit to a violation of the implied consent law and will lose his driving privileges for a period of one year; and,

•The state has discussed all these matters with the prosecuting officer and he is in agreement to this outcome."

Houston's license is revoked for 12 months, but he can through his attorney, Jimmy Smith, petition the court to have a restricted license that would allow him to drive to work and to drive to county commission and committee meetings.

Houston is in his first term sitting on the Cumberland County Commission, representing the first district. He previously served on the school board.

Last fall Houston was appointed to the county commission's debt management committee, emergency services committee, environmental committee and school and county education committee.

1
Text Only
Area News
  • Report of missing child turns out false; one charged

    A man living in Crossville set off a major search by law enforcement officers and about 40 employees of a retail store after he reported a small child missing. He later recanted and has now been charged with a misdemeanor charge.

    July 31, 2014

  • tourism-granville.jpg Tourism talk dominates roundtable meeting

    Tourism is big business in Cumberland County and the state of Tennessee.
    Tennessee state officials visited the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce and provided a wealth of information for a roundtable discussion County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. organized.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • School system closes budget with more in reserves than planned

    The school system is going to end the year with a little more in its reserves than originally thought, Bob Scarbrough, transportation/maintenance supervisor and acting CFO, at the July 24 meeting of the Cumberland County Board of Education.
    "We believe there will be $4.7 million in the fund balance, which is quite a bit better than anticipated," Scarbrough said.

    July 31, 2014

  • Investigation into assault continues

    A Sparta Hwy. man found with lacerations to the back of the head told Cumberland County sheriff's deputies he was assaulted at a residence on Hwy. 70 N, but doesn't know why.

    July 31, 2014

  • Theft, arson of storage shed reported

    Someone broke into a storage shed and stole several items and, to add insult to injury, set the storage building on fire, according to a Cumberland County Sheriff's Department report.

    July 31, 2014

  • Shop tax free this weekend

    With the return to school right around the corner and Cumberland County students set to return to classrooms Aug. 6, Tennesseans are reminded they can buy certain items without paying sales tax Aug. 1 through Aug. 3.

    July 30, 2014

  • state park bath house.jpg Historic CMSP bathhouse gets new use with renovation

    When a new pool was constructed at Cumberland Mountain State Park in the 1980s, the beach area was converted to a quiet place to watch the water and the bath house was boarded up.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cole dismissed from teaching position

    The Cumberland County Board of Education voted 8-1 to dismiss tenured special education teacher Stephanie Cole, who remains at the Cumberland County Jail without bond charged with the July 20 fatal shooting of Louis Tammaro Jr.

    July 29, 2014

  • Crash sends one to jail, cyclist to UT

    A crash involving a motorcycle and a pickup truck resulted in one man being flown to a regional trauma center and the second man being arrested after he fled the scene, Crossville Police reported.

    July 29, 2014

  • County to include more meeting info on web site

    Cumberland County commissioners approved a change in the commission's rules which requires the full package of materials supplied to the commissioners to be posted on the county's web site.

    July 29, 2014

Marketplace Marquee
Parade
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice
Graduation 2014