Man Injured In Tuesday Night Wreck Facing Charges

August 4, 2007
by: 
Dwayne Page

A 38 year old man, seriously injured in a one car crash Tuesday night, has been released from Vanderbilt Hospital and is facing a possible felony DUI charge.

Trooper Shannon Brinkley of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Michael Shane Reid of Hendersonville was traveling east on Highway 70 in a 2005 Ford Mustang when he failed to negotiate a curve at the bottom of the hill at Sligo Bridge, left the roadway, went airborne, struck several trees, overturned, and plunged some eighty yards down an embankment.

Reid was ejected from the car and was found clinging to a log to keep from falling off a bluff into the lake.

A fisherman on the lake heard the crash around 10:00 p.m. and reported it.

Officers quickly responded and found where the vehicle had run off an embankment. They soon discovered the car and found Reid. A deputy helped pull him to a safer place on the embankment until more help could arrive.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says he would like to commend the DeKalb County Rescue Squad, County Volunteer Fire Department, and DeKalb EMS who were on the scene within minutes. He says they got to Reid, secured him in a basket, and brought him back up to the top of the hill.

Reid was flown by a helicopter ambulance to Vanderbilt Hospital with serious back and head injuries.

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