A single vehicle accident occurred on Hwy. 10 South last Friday afternoon, April 2nd, when Gary McCormick, of 144 Bandy Lane in Manchester, Tennessee, pulled a knife on Angela Carr, of Lafayette, and grabbed the steering wheel which caused her to lose control of the 2002 Pontiac Sun Fire she was driving. The northbound vehicle veered off the road, cut a utility pole into and traveled down an embankment, stopping short of the ledge rear end first.
The impact caused the electrical wires to hit the ground, which set the grass on fire along the shoulder of the road, but the Lafayette Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 4:00 p.m. for a 10/46 automobile fire.
Carr and McCormick were both transported to Macon County General Hospital, where they were treated and released.
The Lafayette Police Department and the Macon County’s Sheriff’s Department closed off all north and south bound traffic from the top of the hill in the Lafayette city limits to Meadorville Church, approximately two miles from the site, with vehicles detoured to the Ferguson Hill Road, while Tri County Electric was called in to replace the pole.
According to Sergeant Ashley Mercer, McCormick was charged with two felonies, which included aggravated assault and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon. He was also charged with violation of the seatbelt law.
Those responding to the scene were the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriffs Department, Lafayette Fire Department, EMS, Tri County Electric and the Rescue Squad.
Troopers Ashley Mercer, Gerald Carter and Danny Fisher were the investigating officers.
Fifty-year-old Gary Lee McCormick’s bond was set at $10,250 and a General Sessions Court date has been set for May 12th.