The arrests came after Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. William Avera investigated a traffic accident on March 23 at 12 p.m. on Siloam Church Road.
The report states that Anthony Joe Miller, age 27, of Westmoreland, was traveling south on Siloam Church Road and crossed the center of the road and sideswiped a vehicle belonging to Robert Clay Kemp, age 46, of Westmoreland.
Miller fled the scene of the accident. The vehicle he was driving, a 1996 Dodge Caravan, gray in color, was spotted at Pine Wood Trailer Park on Siloam Church Road by Macon County Sheriff's Deputy Jonathan Dean. Deputy Dean reported the driver was under the influence of alcohol and drugs. The owner of the van, Sherry Lynn Potter, 27, of Westmoreland, was also under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Potter reportedly had three small children in the van at the time of the accident, ages 11 months, a 2 year old, and a 4 year old.
Allegedly, four different pill types were found in the van and in the driver's pockets.
The driver of the van, Miller, and the passenger, Potter, were placed under arrest.
At that time, Miller requested that someone return to his residence and check on his wife. He felt that she was ill. Macon County Deputy Jeff Brewer arrived at the residence. He found an adult female that had apparently over dosed on Xanax. Deputy Brewer called for a Macon County Ambulance to respond. Paramedics were able to revive the woman.
The driver of the van, Miller, was charged by Sgt. Avera with driving under the influence 3rd offense, driving on revoked license 6th offense, three counts of child endangerment, four counts of possession of drugs, driving on the wrong side of the road, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to notify of an accident, no proof of insurance, and implied consent after refusing a blood test. His bond has been set at $14,250 and he is scheduled to appear in General Sessions court April 2.
The owner of the van, Sheryl Lynn Potter, was charged by Sgt. Avera with driving under the influence by allowing, public intoxication, three counts of child endangerment, four counts of possession of drugs, failure to notify and violation of registration. Bond was set at $5,250 with a court date set for April 2.
The Department of Children Services responded to the scene and obtained custody of the children.
Potter and Miller remain in custody at the Macon County Jail.