Teachout Injured in Thursday Night Accident

April 20, 2008
Dwayne Page

A 23 year old Smithville man was injured in a crash Thursday night around 10:48 p.m. on the Jefferson Road.

Trooper Dewaine Jennings of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Michael Frederick Teachout was traveling west on Jefferson Road in a 1996 Honda Civic when he left his lane of travel, entered the eastbound lane, exited the roadway to the left, slid sideways and made an angle impact with a large tree. Teachout was partially ejected out of the passenger side window.

Teachout was airlifted from the scene by a Life Force helicopter ambulance and flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.

Others on the scene providing assistance included DeKalb EMS, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, and the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department.

Trooper Jennings says Teachout has been released from the hospital.

He says speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the accident and charges are pending.

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