David Dwayne Bell stopped by The Gnome prior to a planned trip to the beach. When he left the pub in the early morning hours of May 13, 2009, Mr. Bell took a wrong turn onto U.S. Highway 441, a divided highway, and began driving south in the northbound lanes. Sevier County Deputy Sheriff Jayson Parton stopped Mr. Bell and radioed for assistance from the Sevierville Police Department because the stop occurred within the city limits of Sevierville.
When Officer Timothy Russell of the Sevierville Police Department arrived at the
scene, Mr. Bell was already standing outside his automobile. Officer Russell noticed that
Mr. Bell smelled of alcohol. When Officer Russell asked Mr. Bell how much alcohol he had
consumed, Mr. Bell replied, “More than I should have, I know. I’m not fighting that.” When asked to explain why he was driving on the wrong side of the road, Mr. Bell simply apologized and explained that he had realized his mistake as soon as he made it. Deputy Parton commented that he hoped Mr. Bell would have realized his mistake because cars had been passing him going in the opposite direction.
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