City employee charged with DUI following hit-and-run crashes - WKRN News 2

Clarksville city employee charged with DUI following hit-and-runs

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Richard Rilling, 42, was arrested Wednesday for DUI after he was involved in two hit-and-run crashes. Richard Rilling, 42, was arrested Wednesday for DUI after he was involved in two hit-and-run crashes.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -

A Clarksville Gas and Water Department employee was arrested this week for DUI after he was involved in two hit-and-run crashes.

Witnesses reported Richard Rilling, 42, was driving erratically and was following drivers closely prior to the crash.

At the corner of Crossland Avenue and Talley Drive, Rilling reportedly made an erratic turn and slammed into two vehicles before he continued driving.  

Rilling was driving his department-issued pickup truck at the time of the accidents on Wednesday afternoon.

The truck and Rilling were found nearby a short time later.

He admitted that he had been drinking, reportedly telling an officer he drank a "fifth of vodka."

Rilling was arrested and charged with DUI and two counts of leaving the scene of a wreck involving injury.  The drivers of both vehicles were injured.

News 2 spoke with Rilling's wife Joy on Friday who said her husband remains jailed.

"He has three children. Pray for him that this helps him get better. I hope so. Only God knows, but I will tell you that there is nothing more important on this planet than his children," she said. "He's an alcoholic. When the alcohol takes over nothing else matters."

Rilling was previously was charged with DUI in February of 2001 and has worked for the gas and water company since October 2007.

He has since been terminated.

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