From Tipton County Sheriff Pancho Chumley
Deputy Terminated After Crash
The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office has terminated Deputy Sheriff Nathan Williamson, 26, as a result of a New Year’s Eve motor vehicle crash. At about 11:30 PM on 31 December 2014 deputies were completing a traffic stop in the northbound right lane of Highway 51 S near Joe Joyner Road when they witnessed a two car motor vehicle crash occur in the northbound left lane. Deputies immediately responded to assess if anyone had sustained injuries during the crash in either vehicle. No one was injured in the crash.
Deputies determined one of the vehicles involved in the collision was a marked Tipton County Sheriff’s Office cruiser. Upon approaching the police cruiser the driver was identified as off-duty Deputy Sheriff Nathan Williamson. Further investigation at the scene revealed that Deputy Williamson had been drinking and had his six year old son in the front seat of the vehicle. The child was located in the front seat but was not properly restrained in a booster seat.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol was summoned to the scene to conduct an independent investigation into the crash. During the investigation at the scene Troopers determined Deputy Williamson to be impaired and he submitted to a blood test to determine his level of intoxication. The THP investigation remains ongoing into the crash. The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services was notified due to the involvement of the child in the crash and will be conducting an investigation in the case.
Deputy Williamson was arrested at the scene for Driving under the Influence, Child Endangerment, Violation of the Child Restraint Law, Failure to Exercise Due Care and Possession of a Firearm while Intoxicated. Deputy Williamson was freed on a $2,000.00 bond after serving his mandatory 6 hours in jail. Deputy Williamson is scheduled to appear in Tipton County General Session Court on 06 February 2015 at 9:00 AM.
Deputy Williamson has been employed as a Deputy Sheriff with the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office since June 2014. Deputy Williamson is assigned to the Patrol Division and is currently in his probationary period as an employee. He recently graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in Donelson, Tennessee.
On 01 January 2015 Deputy Williamson was interviewed in connection, with the internal investigation of the incident. The result of the investigation was his immediate termination for obvious violations of Departmental policies and procedures.
“It is fortunate that no one was injured in this incident. I am disappointed at the total disrespect of safety for the citizens of Tipton County, his son and other law enforcement officers displayed by Deputy Williamson. It is truly a sad day in light of this investigation and the allegations against Deputy Williamson. I requested the Tennessee Highway Patrol to investigate this matter and I will support the prosecution of any criminal activity to the fullest that is determined during their investigation. This type of conduct is never tolerated and is certainly not the standard of quality employees at the Sheriff’s Office. As always anytime we suspect misconduct or criminal violations by one of our employees, we will request it be investigated. I feel this is the only way to maintain the standards the citizens of Tipton County deserve and I demand at the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office.”
“If anyone has information in this case, please call the Tennessee Highway Patrol at 901.543.6273 or the Criminal Investigations Division at 901-475-3300, Central Dispatch after hours at 901-475-4300, phone in tips at 901-475-3307, email tips to Sheriff@tiptonco.com or Facebook Sheriff J.T. Pancho Chumley.”
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