48-year-old Rebecca Oravec was involved in a non-injury crash on March 2nd, and police report her reeking of alcohol with pinpoint pupils, and slurred speech. She told responding officers she needed to be admitted to a rehab facility, stating she was an alcoholic. She admitted to consuming “a couple” of drinks. Inside the vehicle, officers located 9 open and empty cans of White Claw, and one unopened can which was still cold to the touch.
An officer with the TWRA says 27-year-old Taylor Hampton Elliott gave the open can of White Claw he was drinking to a nearby swimmer as he approached him and his jet ski on Percy Priest Lake near Party Cove this weekend. Elliott is charged with being heavily intoxicated while recklessly operating a jet ski. BUI charges now carry the same weight as DUI charges in Tennessee. He is free on pre-trial release.