Attorney Hank Hill, After DUI Plea, Won't Have To Pick Up Litter Wearing An Orange Vest

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - by Judy Frank

Attorney Hank Hill has entered a guilty plea, but in the plea agreement he avoids having to pick up litter for three days wearing an orange vest that says "I AM A DRUNK DRIVER" as most DUI offenders have to do.

Instead his agreement allows him to provide three days of pro bono community legal service.

Those who perform the litter pickup also have to pay a $168 fee.

 

Attorney Hill also received a quick order granting him a restricted driving license.

There is no mention in his paperwork of having to attend DUI school - a common condition of DUI pleas.

Almost a year after a deputy sheriff found him behind the wheel of a truck stuck in a ditch on Signal Mountain and charged him with driving under the influence, the well-known local defense attorney entered a guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge.

According to records in Hamilton County Criminal Court, he was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in the workhouse and ordered to pay $465 in fines and court costs. He must serve 48 hours at the workhouse. He is to report to the workhouse April 13 at 6 p.m. He was given seven hours jail credit for time served upon his arrest.

Exactly when and where the plea was entered is uncertain. Criminal Court records indicate attorney Hill was sentenced by Judge Don Poole, but officials in that court said Thursday – as Judge Poole himself has previously – that he long ago recused himself from hearing the case.

No one answered the phone in the office of Bradley County Judge Amy Reedy, who was appointed to serve as special judge in the case after Judge Poole withdrew, according to court documents.

Likewise, attorney Jerry Summers, who represented attorney Hill, could not be reached and reportedly was out of town.

According to testimony during a brief hearing in Hamilton County General Sessions Court last year, the charges against the attorney grew out of an incident on April 24, 2011, when his truck got stuck in a ditch along Key Hulse Road on Signal Mountain.

When the officer went to investigate, arrest records indicated, Hill smelled strongly of alcohol and there were four empty beer cans in his vehicle. 

“I asked Mr. Hiram Hill if he had been drinking and he stated yes,” the deputy reported. 

Attorney Hill was given several breathalyzer tests, he said, but none of them produced sufficient samples for testing. The suspect declined to have a blood test done at a local hospital, and was subsequently taken into custody for allegedly violating Tennessee’s implied consent law.

 


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

BOWMAN, DEANGELO DEMON  2300 WILSON ST APT 7M CHATTANOOGA, 37406  Age at Arrest: 24 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga IMPROPER PARKING DRIVING ON REVOKED, SUSPENDED OR CANCELLED LICENSE POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA POSSESSING A FIREARM WITH INTENT TO GO ARMED --- BROWN, KELLY MICHELLE  300 W MIDVALE AVE APT 37 ... (click for more)

Man Injured In Drive-By Shooting On Judson Lane

A man was injured Monday night in a drive-by shooting on Judson Lane. At approximately 6:36 p.m., Chattanooga Police responded to the report of shots fired near the 2500 block of Judson Lane. During that investigation a person suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the right forearm arrived at a local hospital. ·          ... (click for more)

Why Is The City Diverting Federal Transportation Funds From Real Need?

The city of Chattanooga and CBL, owner of Hamilton Place Mall, would have the mass of taxpayers believe that improving mall access from the interstate is not impacting us financially.   Namely, CBL has committed to fund the city’s match of $8 million, so they will receive $32 million in Federal Transportation Funds that are allocated annually to local jurisdictions through ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Hero Is Coming Home

In late September, a very special funeral will be held in Bearden, Tenn., when 1 st Lt. Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman Jr., will finally come home to lie in peace with his family. Sandy’s been dead for 72 years now, ever since he was killed in combat on the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands on Nov. 22, 1943. He and a number of other Marine heroes were buried back then in a shallow ... (click for more)

NPSL Championship To Be Played In Chattanooga

It's Chattanooga FC taking on the New York Cosmos B for the National Premier Soccer League’s national championship and the Scenic City's Finley Stadium is the site Saturday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m. Thanks to a 9,000 plus crowd at Chattanooga's 3-0 semifinal win against the Indiana Fire, the Tennessee team broke the league’s previous record of 8,878, which was ... (click for more)

Jones Press Conference Kicks Off Vols' Preseason

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Coach Butch Jones held his preseason football press conference on Monday at Neyland Stadium. Jones heads into his third season with visible enthusiasm after the Vols finished off the 2014 season with an impressive win over Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl, following that up with another nationally ranked recruiting class. "In terms of our football team, we ... (click for more)