Crimetracker: Trucker charged with hitting parked officer's car enters plea

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The semi driver charged with slamming into a police cruiser parked along the side of the road pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment, a class E felony, on Monday. The driver, Eric Lewis was sentenced to 1 year supervised probation.

As a result of the plea agreement, the other charges against Lewis, which included Aggravated Assault, reckless driving, and failure to drive in a single lane, were dropped.

Police said Lewis fell asleep while driving a tractor-trailer truck on Interstate 40/75 in Knox County on March 14, 2012.

The truck slammed into Russell's cruiser as he was filling out paperwork. The car was parked on the shoulder and the emergency lights were operating.

An ambulance crew was passing by and Lewis pulled Lowell from the burning car.

Lewis was driving for FHS Trucking in Orlando, Fla.


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