Former Teacher Indicted on DUI Charges

Huntsville, TN (2018-10-09) A former instructor and football coach for the Scott County School System has been indicted on DUI charges.

Samuel F. Cooper, 43, of Oneida was indicted last month by a Scott County Grand Jury on multiple counts surrounding a single-vehicle traffic crash on July 3, 2018.  Authorities say Cooper was so drunk that field sobriety tests were not needed.

Cooper is accused of slamming his pickup truck into a guardrail near the intersection of Coopertown Road and Williams Creek Road in west Oneida.  Authorities allege that Cooper left the scene of the initial crash and continued to travel nearly a mile down Coopertown Road before his truck quit near the intersection of Cooper Lake Drive.  Arresting officers say that the floorboard of the truck was littered with an empty 12-pack of beer and other bottles were scattered around.

Cooper reportedly wasn’t alone in the vehicle.  Authorities say that his 18-year-old son was in the passenger seat.  Cooper reportedly had gone to his son’s place of employment and picked him up prior to the accident.  A witness reportedly told authorities that Cooper was driving wild and fast before he hit a stop sign and then the guardrail.

Authorities say Cooper blamed his drinking and behavior on getting bad news at work.

Cooper was indicted for DUI, violation of the implied consent law, reckless endangerment, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Shortly after the incident, Cooper reportedly resigned his position at Burchfield Elementary School.

Others indicted on similar charges included:

Dustin Michael Phillips, 27, was indicted on five counts including: DUI with a minor present, violation of the implied consent law, violation of the open container law, possession of a handgun while under the influence, and simple possession of marijuana.  Authorities reportedly pulled Phillips’ vehicle over in Helenwood on June 29, 2018 for having illegal lighting.

Donald Scott Lindsay, 52, was indicted on multiple counts involving a traffic stop on January 30, 2017.  Lindsay was charged with DUI, felony reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest, and violation of the open container law.

James Philip Marcum, 67; Jonathan Craig Sexton, 39; Tyler Rex Walker, 22; and Donald Richard Young, Jr.,54; were each indicted on a single count of DUI.  The charges stemmed from traffic stops between December 2017 and August 2018.