Local Trooper Indicted Following Fatal Springfield Crash Last November
SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – A local Tennessee State Trooper has been indicted by the Robertson County Grand Jury following a fatal crash in Springfield last November.
The crash occurred on November 1st on Memorial Blvd, the first call came into 911 at 9:59 am. (Original report) Following a criminal investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Trooper, 28-year-old Curtis Davenport of the Nashville district, was placed on discretionary leave, according to a release from the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security (TDHS).
“The case against Davenport was then presented to a Robertson County Grand Jury where indictments were returned.” TDHS
Currently, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s Office of Professional Accountability is conducting an internal investigation on Davenport. It is the Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s policy to warn, suspend, demote, or dismiss any employee whenever cause exists.
According to the THP last November, Davenport was traveling north on Memorial Blvd in pursuit of a vehicle wanted for speeding when the crash occurred.
The Trooper survived the crash, however, an occupant in a second vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene.
According to the THP, there were 3 vehicles involved in the crash, the Trooper’s vehicle, a dark-colored VW SUV, and a passenger car. The Trooper was transported to an area hospital with reportedly minor injuries. The driver of the red vehicle was also transported.
“Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long and Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Matt Perry announced today that Trooper Curtis Davenport of the Nashville district was placed on discretionary leave following a criminal investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.-
“The Tennessee Highway Patrol contacted District Attorney General Robert Nash’s office immediately after the crash. General Nash’s office reviewed the facts of the case. Davenport was decommissioned and assigned to work in a noncommissioned role while the investigation was ongoing”
Smokey Barn News spoke in length with Public Information Officer for the Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt Bill Miller about the indictment. Lt Miller expressed that the THP takes every fatal crash (citizen or Trooper) very seriously.
In Davenport’s case, the information gathered from the investigation was handed off to the court system to determine if there were any criminal violations and Internal Affairs will determine if there was a violation of policy on emergency vehicle operation. Following that, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s Office of Professional Accountability will conduct its own investigation on Davenport.
Trooper Davenport was processed and released from the Robertson County Detention Facility in Springfield under a $100,000.00 bond.
According to the Robertson County District Attorney in Springfield, Davenport was charged with vehicular homicide by reckless operation of a motor vehicle and reckless endangerment.
Davenport has been with the THP since 2021.
BELOW: Smokey Barn New’s video report of the crash.
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