DUI: Michael McDowell crashes into utility pole; tells police another car hit him

When Metro Nashville police responded to a vehicle accident on Woodland St in the early hours of Saturday morning, 42-year-old Michael McDowell explained that a car pulled out in front of him, causing him to crash and his airbags to deploy. He says the car then fled the scene. Officers quickly noticed a debris field from his wrecked vehicle going back to a utility pole that had been crashed into. It was determined he hit the pole, and no other vehicle was involved. He admitted to drinking prior to driving and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. He refused a breathalyzer and was taken into custody.