Tennessee Man Charged With DUI During Christmas Parade
A man in Tennessee was recently arrested for allegedly driving under the influence during a Christmas tractor parade. And given what has happened in North Carolina during parades in the last couple years, it’s even more heartbreaking to see it happen.
Henry Meade of Tazewell, TN was tasked with driving “Santa’s Train” for the city’s annual holiday parade. The train was actually just a lawnmower pulling carts filled with small children behind it.
According to WATE, witnesses reported Meade driving “erratically” during the parade, which was naturally concerning since he was transporting kids in tow. Police were immediately called to the scene where they pulled Meade over and stopped the parade dead in its tracks to issue a field sobriety test.
After failing the test, Meade was then searched by police. That’s when it was discovered that he also had a syringe along with various drugs on him. Meade was taken into custody and charged with DUI, possession of methamphetamine, and other drug charges.
In a joint statement by the town’s mayor and police department (seen here on the department Facebook page), it was made clear that the city of Tazewell was not at fault, and that Meade was not an official city employee. “It is important to clarify that vendor hiring is not under the city’s jurisdiction. Vendors are independently contracted, and their selection is not managed by the city.”
As messy as the whole situation is, the good news is that no children were hurt during the parade.