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.