Man charged with DUI after striking bar employee with car
July 23, 2012 09:53 PM
Reported By Joseph Pleasant, Reporter - bio | email
Gregory Powers, 46, was arrested Friday night after leaving the Pond in Franklin.
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -
Franklin police arrested a man for DUI after he hit a bar employee with his vehicle when he was refused service for being impaired.
According to police, an employee of The Pond followed Gregory Powers out to the parking lot where he was struck as the 46-year-old man was leaving around 7 p.m. Friday.
The 57-year-old victim was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and released.
The bartender alerted Franklin police to Powers appearing to be drunk and trying to drive away from the bar.
The Pond has a policy of not allowing people who appear to be impaired to drive.
Bartenders offer to call a taxi or allow the customer to call for a ride.
If the customer insists on leaving, a bar employee gets the person's license plate number and a description of their vehicle and calls police.
"If someone is not going to be able to drive and they are going to put themselves or other people in danger you have to draw the line. You have to cut them off," bartender Shea Heeney said. "This does not necessarily happen to people we have been serving. It can be people who come in under the influence."
Heeney is not the bartender who was struck by Powers' car.
He says usually patrons agree to call for a ride or take a taxi when the staff feels they have had too much to drink.
In Powers' case, however, he refused the help.
Nashville's News 2 obtained audio from the 911 call the bartender made to Franklin dispatch.
"I told you not to drive your car," the bartender is heard telling Powers.
You can hear Powers ask why.
"Because you are too drunk to drive," the bartender responds.