UPDATE: Driver who struck ambulance in Crockett County identified

UPDATE (6/6/23): The Crockett County Sheriff’s Office has identified the suspect as 59-year-old Mark Dale Blurton, of Gadsden.

Courtesy: Crockett County Sheriff’s Office

According to a preliminary report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the incident occurred on May 31 on Highway 79 in Crockett County.

The report states:

Vehicle One and Vehicle Two were traveling Eastbound on Highway 79. Vehicle Two crossed into Vehicle One’s lane. Vehicle Two side-swiped Vehicle One, exited the roadway on the right side, and became disabled in a field.

A booking report shows that Blurton was booked into the Crockett County jail at 11:37 p.m., on the charge of driving on revoked/suspended/cancelled license. The report shows his bond was set at $2,000, and records available online indicate he has since bonded out.

Blurton is expected to appear in court on June 8.


CROCKETT COUNTY, Tenn. — A motorist was arrested after colliding with an ambulance in Crockett County.

According to the Crockett County Ambulance Service, on Wednesday night, an ambulance had all emergency lights activated while conducting a primary search for a potential crash victim on Highway 412.

They say a motorist, with a revoked license for DUI, attempted to pass the ambulance and clipped its front bumper, then left the roadway and came to rest in a nearby field.

The Crockett County Ambulance Service says the Tennessee Highway Patrol was called to investigate, and the driver was arrested for driving on a revoked license.

While the driver’s vehicle received significant damage, the ambulance only received minor damage and no injuries were reported.

The identity of the driver has not been confirmed by authorities at this time. We have reached out to the Tennessee Highway Patrol for more information, and we’ll provide an update once details become available.

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