On Wednesday January the 15th at approximately 12:06am Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Georgia Crossing Road adjacent to Hawkins Cove Road in reference to a vehicle in the ditch along the roadside. Upon arrival deputies made contact with James Robert Byrd, 35 of Sewanee, Tn. A report file by deputies did state that Byrd was standing outside his vehicle when they arrived. Deputies then proceeded to conduct a field sobriety test and subsequently placed Byrd under arrest for DUI. Byrd was then transported to Southern Tennessee medical Center for a blood draw in conjunction with the DUI charge. Byrd was then transported and booked into the Franklin County Jail at approximately 1:16am. When corrections personnel began to serve breakfast at approximately 5:45am they did observe Byrd to be unresponsive. Emergency medical personnel were then notified and responded to the Franklin County Jail. Byrd was pronounced dead by the county medical examiner and an autopsy was ordered. There is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.thunder1320.com/?p=32357