DA's office dismisses leaving scene of an accident citation against Sen. Jim Summerville

 

Sen. Jim Summerville
Sen. Jim Summerville

A citation for leaving the scene of an accident against state Sen. Jim Summerville of Dickson was dismissed in a hearing in Dickson Municipal Court earlier this month. Assistant District Attorney Ray Crouch dismissed the citation May 1 after the alleged victim testified there was no damage to his vehicle and he could not say for sure that Summerville even knew he had backed into his bumper in a market parking lot Feb. 3. “These facts do not constitute leaving the scene of an accident,” Crouch wrote in dismissing the citation. Following his initial court appearance March 6, Summerville had said the citation was without merit and he was confident he would be cleared. Finis Burgess told police Summerville backed into his front bumper in the parking lot of Fast Stop #3 on Highway 70 East, then left. Burgess said he called central communications as he followed Summerville east on Highway 70 flashing his lights and honking his horn to get him to stop. Summerville, who says he does not have a cell phone, said he thought someone was trying to run him off the road so he turned into Montgomery Bell State Park where he was stopped by a park ranger until Dickson police arrived. Summerville is seeking election to a second term representing the 25th Senate District. He faces three challengers in the Aug. 7 Republican primary.