Report: Johnson County commissioner ‘slumped over wheel’, charged with DUI

Pictured: Bill Roark, Johnson County Commissioner (Courtesy: Sheriff Mike Reece)

JOHNSON COUNTY, TN (WJHL)- Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece confirmed with News Channel 11 that Commissioner Bill Roark was arrested for DUI Saturday night.

Sheriff Reece said the arrest was made by Mountain City Police.

According to the Johnson County website, Roark is a commissioner in District 3.

A report obtained by News Channel 11 revealed on Saturday police received a call of a reckless driver in a white Dodge truck in Pioneer Village Shopping Center.

When police arrived,  the truck was parked in two parking spaces — the officers said he noticed the driver, Billy Roark “slumped over the steering wheel”.

The officer said when he woke Roark he seemed to be “confused and had slurred speech.”

Police report Roark ” was very unstable on his feet and was unable to pass any field sobriety test” — which included a heel-to-toe nine-step count, one-legged stand, and finger to nose test. Police said based on the results, Roark was arrested for DUI and taken to the hospital where he took a blood alcohol test.

Stay with News Channel 11 as we continue to follow this story.

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