Police: Impaired woman arrested in wrong-way crash on I-40 in Donelson

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — An woman on the wrong side of I-40 and caused a crash between an SUV and a tractor-trailer while allegedly under the influence of alcohol early Sunday morning.

According to a police arrest affidavit, 24-year-old Kristen D. Ashley is charged with driving under the influence.

According to police, Ashley drove westward on the eastbound lanes of I-40 between Donelson Pike and Stewarts Ferry Pike just before 3 a.m. Her car collided with an SUV, which then hit a semi. The semi then overturned.

The driver of the SUV was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The semi driver and Ashley were not injured.

According to police documents, officers on the scene detected a strong odor of alcohol on Ashley. However, the woman repeatedly claimed that she had not consumed any alcohol — even after failing a field sobriety test.

The officer also noted, later during booking and transport to the hospital, Ashley asked to use the bathroom multiple times, seemed confused, and repeatedly asked officers the same questions “even after getting answers.” The woman also submitted to a chemical blood test of which results are pending.

The roadway was closed for several hours due to the crash investigation and clean up of the overturned semi, which appears was carrying some type of bottled beverage. Some lanes of I-40E are expected to be closed until approximately 2 p.m.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 on-air and online for updates.

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