Gallatin police say a 37-year-old man was driving under the influence when he caused a seven-vehicle crash that stretched more than quarter mile along Nashville Pike last week.
The crash occurred when a driver ran a red light and struck five other occupied vehicles in the area of Browns Lane and Harris Lane shortly after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, according to sworn court affidavit signed by Gallatin Police Officer Cole Ferrell. An unoccupied sixth vehicle that was parked at the Miracle Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership was also hit.
The driver that caused the crash was later determined by police to be Ben Salyer of Portland.
“(A) witness advised Mr. Salyer’s vehicle entered the two-way left-hand turn lane and ran the red light at a high rate of speed,” Ferrell wrote in the affidavit. “One victim of the crash… stated Mr. Salyer’s vehicle was traveling at least 60mph.”
When located at the scene, police say Salyer had dilated pupils and could not stop fidgeting. He was eventually transported to Sumner Regional Medical Center along with two other drivers for treatment.
During a police interview at the hospital, Salyer admitted to “using methamphetamine” earlier in the day before going to work, according to the affidavit. However, he could not remember what happened after leaving work or what caused the crash.
Salyer is charged with one count of first offense DUI and five counts of reckless endangerment. He is scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court on Dec. 3.