CHURCH HILL — A man found seated on the ground beside a Jeep stuck in the garden of a Goshen Valley Road residence on the afternoon of March 10 was charged with DUI and vandalism, according to the Hawkins Co. Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Billy Begley indicated that when he arrived at the address, he found Church Hill Police Officer Chip Whitaker already in contact with John Edward Ulrich, 47, of 1977 Jessie Road, Church Hill.
“Upon making contact with John (Ulrich), I observed him to be sitting on the ground stating, with very slurred speech, that he could not get up,” Deputy Begley wrote in his report. “I also noticed a very strong odor of alcohol coming from his person. While searching John to make sure he didn’t have any weapons, I recovered a small bottle of 99-proof blackberry vodka (from) his right pocket.
“At that time, I asked John to stand up and perform three standardized field-sobriety tests. As he did so, I observed him to be very unsteady on his feet. John was unable to perform all tests due to his intoxication level.”
Deputy Begley wrote that he then spoke with the owner of the property where Ulrich had gotten his Jeep stuck. “(The property owner) stated that the driver of the Jeep (Ulrich) did a great deal of damage to his property,” Deputy Begley wrote. “I did observed vehicle tracks all around (the victim’s) property where the vehicle had been going around in circles.”
Ulrich, according to Deputy Begley’s report, agreed to allow a sample of his blood to be drawn to determine the amount, if any, of alcohol in his system at the time of his arrest. After being taken to the Surgoinsville EMS station to have the blood sample drawn, Ulrich was taken to the Hawkins Co. Jail.
Ulrich was scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on March 12, the arrest report indicated.