NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A man has been charged after a critical injury crash that happened in South Nashville Thursday night.
According to an arrest warrant, police responded to a single-vehicle crash at 3302 Nolensville Pike just before 10 p.m. Both occupants were taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center, one sustained life-threatening injuries.
Officers said the driver, Diego Gonzalez, 33, told them that as he was driving on Antioch Pike, another vehicle came from his right and he attempted to avoid hitting it. Gonzalez reportedly told police the other vehicle crashed into the right side of his car causing him to spin and hit a pole. He then drove to the parking lot at 3302 Nolensville Pike.
Responding officers said Gonzalez had red, watery eyes, and reportedly told them he had consumed four beers earlier in the day, starting at about 6 p.m. Metro Police were not able to conduct field sobriety tests as Gonzalez was in a hospital bed.
Officials later learned that Gonzalez had a prior DUI conviction in 2015, and did not have a valid driver’s license.
Due to the victim’s life-threatening injuries, a prior DUI conviction, and indicators of impairment, Gonzalez was arrested and charged with aggravated vehicular assault and driving without a license.