Oneida, TN (2018-10-29) Two drivers that hit a fast-food restaurant and an apartment building with their vehicles last week have been charged with driving under the influence.
Garrett Schupner, 26, of Oneida and Courtney S. Ayers, 22, of Huntsville were both jailed on DUI charges following investigations into allegations the pair hit separate buildings with their vehicles last week. Both also face drug-related charges.
According to an arrest warrant filed by Officer Aaron Johnson of the Oneida Police Department, Schupner allegedly backed into McDonald’s in Oneida early Sunday morning. Authorities say that Schupner narrowly missed another vehicle in the parking lot before he hit the building with his Jeep. Schupner reportedly admitted to authorities he had been drinking, reportedly telling the cops, “(I) had drank way too much to be driving.” Schupner reportedly failed a series of field sobriety tests and was reportedly unsteady on his feet. After his arrest, authorities say his breath-equivalent blood alcohol level was 0.08, the legal limit of intoxication.
In addition to the DUI charge, Schupner was also charged with drug possession. Authorities say they found six Gabapentin tablets and two Clonazepam pills in the cup holder. In addition to drinking, Schupner reportedly told authorities he had taken three Clonazepam tablets and a few Gabapentin before his arrest.
Schupner was charged with DUI, and possession of schedule IV and V controlled substances.
Ayers was arrested last Tuesday following an investigation into someone driving into an apartment building on North Oneida Circle. According to Sgt. David L. Stephens of the Oneida Police Department, Ayers was still behind the wheel of her damaged vehicle when officers arrived and discovered “moderate” damage to the front of the building. Ayers reportedly told authorities she was en route home to Blue Ridge Apartments, when she ended up off the road and into the residence. Authorities say Ayers’ eyes appeared glassy and bloodshot and her body motions retarded. During questioning, Ayers allegedly closed her eyes several times, as if she was sleeping; however, she denied having fallen asleep behind the wheel. Authorities say she failed a battery of field sobriety tests. After her arrest, authorities reportedly found a pill bottle with a residue laden snorting straw inside it.
Ayers was charged with DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In a non-related incident last week, Andrew Huybers, 28, of Lexington, KY was jailed after he allegedly hit a vehicle in the parking lot of Hard Knox Garage in Oneida. Authorities say that Huybers allegedly hit a pickup truck in the parking lot and left the scene. After being stopped south of the business, Huybers initially told authorities he thought he had hit the curb, but then reportedly recanted and told them he had hit the truck, decided he wasn’t going to report it, and left the scene. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.