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Two Tenn. Deputies Fired After Wreck

April 24, 2002
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Two Tenn. Deputies Fired After Wreck

RUTLEDGE, Tenn. (AP) - Two Grainger County Sheriff's Department deputies were fired Tuesday after wrecking a police cruiser while off-duty.

Sheriff Richard McElhaney said he fired Travis K. Stansberry, 21, and Chris M. Kesterson, 30, after the 6 a.m. crash in the Bean Station area.

The vehicle crashed into a utility pole on State Highway 375. Neither deputy was injured but the cruiser was a total loss.

Stansberry was charged with drunken driving and Kesterson was charged with public intoxication.

Approximately 1,000 Grainger County customers lost power for an hour due to the accident.

Rutledge is 31 miles northeast of Knoxville.

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