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Deal reached in development official’s DUI case

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By Damon Lawrence

The drunk-driving case of Darrell Williams, the vice president of business development for The Roane Alliance, was resolved Monday in General Sessions Court.

Last September, Kingston police charged Williams with driving under the influence and violation of implied consent following a lunchtime crash on North Kentucky Street.
Sgt. Roy Montgomery said he found an empty bottle of vodka on Williams’ dashboard.
“Mr. Williams did admit that he had been drinking from this bottle,” the arrest warrant said.
Montgomery also reported that Williams performed poorly on field sobriety tests and refused to take a blood-alcohol test.
Williams’ attorney was Tom McFarland.
District Attorney General Russell Johnson said the sides worked out a deal.
Williams was found guilty of misdemeanor reckless endangerment, fined $350 and ordered to pay court costs.
Johnson said Williams got 48 hours in jail, which he had already served prior to Monday.
Johnson said Williams also attended “various DUI and victim-awareness classes.”
The violation of implied consent charge was dismissed.
According to the arrest warrant, the crash caused several thousand dollars worth of damage to a city fire hydrant.
Montgomery reported that he could smell a strong odor of intoxicant coming from Williams, who was also unsteady on his feet.
Johnson indicated that the case was hampered to some extent because there was no video of the field sobriety tests, and police didn’t see Williams driving.
The Roane Alliance is Roane County’s economic development organization.